Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Must Health Require Wealth? -- Courant.com

"Late last month, the Tennessee-based Remote Area Medical — founded to treat people in the Amazon rain forest — held their annual free three-day clinic in Wise, Va. In one day alone, 1,600 people received free dental care; one news report said dentists filled buckets with 4,000 extracted teeth.

Today, a similar eight-day effort starts in Los Angeles. In April, a free New Haven dental clinic held by Connecticut Mission of Mercy drew a couple of thousand of uninsured and under-insured residents. One Glastonbury dentist greeted the line in tears. He said it's heartbreaking that people in the second-richest state in the nation must line up for dental care at 7 p.m. the night before. At last year's Mission of Mercy, organizers had to turn away people by 7 a.m. the first day."