At the free clinic | Arkansas Blog

Saturday, November 21, 2009

At the free clinic

Posted By on Sat, Nov 21, 2009 at 3:02 PM

ABOVE: Cancer patient with an abscessed tooth and no health insurance.

MORE FROM CLINIC: The Times' Leslie Newell Peacock captured this video.

PATIENT TO POLITICIANS: 'Stand in these lines. Talk to these people.'

A doctor friend, who served a stint in today's clinic, writes:

What type of event in downtown LR do you carry your folding camp chair to in November?

Free concert
Fireworks
A free clinic.

I saw patients arrive with long items in nylon covers under their arms, and was confused. Evetually, I realized -- folding chairs.


Obviously these folks know more than me and came prepared to stand in line and wait.

It is shades of 3rd world health care today. Faces that showed anxiety or resignation. Working adults, single moms predominated, not street people or folks who appeared to have likelihood of being "illegal immigrants." The care I saw delivered today was humane and caring, but not in an environment that any of us -- patients or providers -- could be proud of. Where do folks go when they need their next appointment?

Volunteers were great. The tea baggers and Vic Snyder Ambushers who I thought might be present, delivering their noblesse oblige duty, were in conspicuous absence.

Every doc I talked with expressed disgust that this type of event is needed in the USA. I hope we are a silent majority of MDs.

Blanche Lincoln's announcement, even though she'll allow a bill to be considered for now, came thru the event like a chill breeze. I heard several folks say "Bill Halter will get a $1,000 check from me next week to run against her." [Note: So far, he's only said he's a candidate for re-election as lieutenant governor.]

I was pleased to se a good turnout from UAMS students from the Colleges of Medicine and Public Health. Idealism and humanitarianism lives in the coming generations.


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (36)

Showing 1-36 of 36

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-36 of 36

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • The suffering children's open line

    Until it's fixed, nobody is doing enough to resist the Trump administration's cruel and thoughtless handling of asylum-seeking children.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Arming teachers: An insurance complication

    Gun lovers in the Arkansas legislature are spoiling to put more guns in classrooms at the earliest opportunity. Today, the Washington Post reports a complication — from insurance companies.
    • May 27, 2018
  • Razorbacks plan a return to real grass in 2019

    I don't know why the news of a return to real grass at Razorback stadium seemed like such good news to me. Old fogey, I guess.
    • May 27, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Arkansas: Land of .......

    Welcome to Arkansas: Land of cowardly politicians, discriminatory laws, inhumane turkey drops and lots and lots of Trump voters.
    • Oct 8, 2016
  • French Hill votes against disaster aid to Puerto Rico

    Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill alone among Arkansas's House delegation voted last week against a measure that provided $36.5 billion in disaster aid, a portion  for hurricane-ravaged Puerto Rico as well as money for wildfire response and to support the flood insurance program.
    • Oct 14, 2017
  • Arkansas Supreme Court refuses to rehear invalidation of marijuana act

    The Arkansas Supreme Court today denied a request to rehear its decision invalidating Issue 7, the medical marijuana initiated act.
    • Nov 3, 2016

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation