An estimated 4,800 people will receive care from a free four-day Los Angeles health clinic next week, The Lead Type reports. The clinic will run from next Thursday to Sunday to provide a variety of health services — including immunizations, women’s health screenings, dental cleanings, and eye exams — to Americans who don’t have medical insurance and can’t usually access this type of care:
Some people began lining up as early as Friday to ensure they obtain a wristband, which will be required for admission to the clinic. Distribution of the wristbands is expected to begin at 1 p.m.
Care Harbor has run several similar clinics in the Los Angeles area over the past few years. A four-day event last October at the Sports Arena was attended by about 5,000 people.
Medical practitioners who take part in the event volunteer their time and services. Care Harbor officials said they are still looking for additional volunteers for this week’s clinic.
The sheer number of participants in the Care Harbor clinic paints a harrowing picture of the human suffering wrought by a broken, Darwinian health care system. Stories like this serve as a reminder that every time the GOP votes to repeal Obamacare, they are voting to deprive Americans of essential screening and public health services — and forcing inadequately insured men, women, and children such as these to resort to desperate measures for fulfilling their medical needs.