It’s not the first time we’ve covered free health clinics in the news or these come-get-your-blood-pressure-read-for-free-events. What’s disturbing though is how these “clinics” per say are growing and not just by the truck load…the semi-truck load.
Take for instance the Walgreens healthcare deal. A tour bus was in Roanoke for several days last week with medical professionals administering cholesterol, blood screenings, you name it. Pharmacists were also on site ( I know …my sister is one) and most days they averaged 200 people and counting.
In Wise, Va. this weekend…another health fair. Four thousand treatments (dental, medical and vision) were administered by a group of volunteers that target rural and often poor areas.
To me, it’s just a prime example of what’s wrong in our world. People can’t even afford a check up and so they wait for events like this to take prime advantage. It’s great don’t get me wrong, but when people are walking around with nerve damage in their mouth because their insurance isn’t adequate for a dentist visit (or they don’t have insurance), I have a huge problem with that. When people turn up in the parking lot of one of these things and the doctor says, we need to call an ambulance, you’re a stroke waiting to happen…jeez!
On the other end of the spectrum, I know people who are making $45k and $60K a year and also dread going to the doctor’s office. Insurance just isn’t what it used to be and that co-payment sometimes can spur on another heart attack. Just my observation as a journalist and one that is getting under my skin more and more.