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Up To 4000 Angelinos Treated During Free Health Care Clinic

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(FOX 11 / CNS) As many as 4,000 people are expected to receive free medical care at four-day clinic that opens today at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Thousands of people lined up earlier this week to obtain wristbands guaranteeing them admission to the clinic, which will provide free medical, dental and vision care for as many as 1,000 people a day over its four-day run.

The clinic will be operated by the local nonprofit group Care Harbor, and funded in part by a grant from L.A. Care Health Plan, Dignity Health and Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. More than 40 other organizations are also taking part, along with about 3,000 volunteers.

The clinic will continue through Sunday.

"At this year's clinic the three major components of health-care reform and the Affordable Care Act -- patients, providers and programs -- will be dramatically visible in one unique place and time," according to Don Manelli, president and founder of Care Harbor. "The enormity of the need, the surprisingly broad demographic of those without access to care, an able and willing LA County healthcare community and the programs to make healthcare reform work will all be up close and personal. This will be healthcare history in the making and we are very grateful to LA Care for helping to make it happen."

During a clinic in 2012, Care Harbor/LA provided free medical services to 3,758 patients, according to the nonprofit. More than 6,000 medical, 5,000 dental and 3,000 vision services were provided, with an estimated value of $2.1 million.

The clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.


From Hal Eisner:

I've never seen so many people happy to have their teeth yanked out! To listen to some of those who have come to the LA Sports Arena for a free clinic that's what happens when you're in pain. And, when you can't afford good dental care and have no insurance a free clinic is a real treat.

Care Harbor LA's annual clinic will treat some 4000 people. There are areas in the arena set up for dental work, vision care and medical help.

This could take time for those who will be coming to the health event. Patients got wristbands earlier in the week. They got to pick which day they wanted to come. Half of the bands have numbers on them for morning appointments. The other have for the afternoon. That makes it easier, but organizers tell me the waits could be lengthy because there are so many people even if only a thousands a day will be showing up.

As interesting as the many of stories of those who need help and why are those of the medical volunteers who are giving of their time. After all, as a few of them told me, this is why thought into health care... to help people! They are doing just that.



(FOX 11) People have been lined-up all weekend to get a coveted wristband Monday morning. The wristband is their ticket into a huge free medical clinic which opens Thursday for four days.

Hal Eisner is outside the LA Sports Arena -- the site of the annual Care Harbor LA Clinic.

Care Harbor, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that helps uninsured and under served populations by organizing large-scale free urban health clinics, will host its annual Los Angeles clinic from October 31 to November 3, 2013.  LA Care Health Plan is presenting sponsor of the event.

Care Harbor will distribute wristbands in advance of the clinic, on a first-come, first-served basis. Each person receives one wristband and each wristband grants admission to one person only. Wristbands are not removable without destroying them, so the person who receives it will be the one admitted to the clinic. Patients can choose the date they want to attend the clinic, and the selected date will be reflected in the wristband. Wristbands for children or patients who can't go to the clinic on their own will be given to the parent or caregiver. This person must accompany the patient to the clinic and only the patient will receive services.

Gates open at 6 a.m. Distribution begins at 8 a.m.

Los Angeles Sports Arena
3939 South Figueroa St.
Los Angeles


(Source: Edelman Public Relations)

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