I posted "The Uninsured Line Up For Care In Rural Virginia" today on Huffington Post about the Remote Area Medical health care expedition I attended Saturday in Wise, VA.
An attorney I met from Eden, NC has a copy the TN Volunteer Health Care Services Act (TN Code Title 63, Chapter 6 )that grants a waiver for out-of-state physicians to practice medicine in Tennessee for charitable purposes like this.
We believe NC should pass a similar statute here. His letter should be on its way to Gov. Bev Perdue. Remote Area Medical will be in her home town of Grundy, VA in October.
Seems ridiculous that Bev's relations can get a visit from RAM, but not the state she runs. 23% uninsured out here in NC-11, I think? And many remote counties with no hospitals? And the jobless rate is what statewide? According to NPR, "The organizers paid about $250,000 out of pocket to run the event, and they provided an estimated $1.5 million worth of care." The waiver shouldn't cost the NC taxpayers a nickel. Seems like a no-brainer in a crushing recession, don't you think?