Free medical screenings coming to Sacramento

6:29 PM, Mar 31, 2011   |    comments
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RAM clinic coming to Sacramento

SACRAMENTO, CA - A huge crowd is expected at Cal Expo Friday through Monday for the Remote Area Medical free screenings that are open to the public.

According to event spokesman Nick Kump, the clinic will provide free dental, vision and medical screenings on a first-come, first-serve basis. He said they expect to treat 800 people each day.

Starting Friday at 3:30 a.m., officials will begin giving out treatment numbers to patients lining up at Buildings C and D.  They suggest those wanting to be seen arrive early as past clinics have seen all the treatment numbers handed out within 30 minutes. Patients will then be seen starting at 6 a.m. all the way until 6 p.m.

The first patient in line actually arrived Wednesday night at 10 p.m. hoping to have a tooth pulled.

"I don't have any health insurance or dental insurance," said Vittorio Cole, " so when it said free, I said, that's me!  It's just a blessing that people will take the time to do that!"

Cole wasn't bothered by what will end up a two night wait to be seen.

"It's no big deal to me to wait," he said, "because if anybody knows what I'm talking about if you have pain in your back molars...oh, it hurts so bad!  It like brings a grown man to his knees and makes you cry."

The clinic is being hosted by the California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (CALAOMS) and is being supported by the efforts of the non-profit Tzu Chi Foundation.

If you plan on attending, click here for more information on what you can expect, what you need to know about the screenings and what you need to bring to make your day more comfortable.

Jonathan Mumm contributed to this report.


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