Dozens begin lining up Friday night in Scott County for RAM clin

Dozens begin lining up Friday night in Scott County for RAM clinic


HUNTSVILLE (WATE) - Dozens began lining up in Scott County Friday night for free medical care.

Remote Area Medical is offering a free clinic this weekend at Scott County High School in Huntsville.

This coming from a county that has an unemployment rate of 13.5 percent, the highest in the state of Tennessee.

At Remote Area Medical, events throughout the country have people lining up, waiting for hours, sometimes even days to get medical attention.

Pat Thompson and her sister drove about five hours from Georgia to be at this clinic in Scott County.

"I used to be a teacher so I had benefits and I don't have benefits anymore and I need some dental work done," Thompson said.

RAM leaders say they usually see at least several hundred people at each event.

 In Scott County, where the unemployment rate is more than 13 percent and tops the list of highest unemployment in the state, they say they expect to serve even more. 

"By the end of the weekend we will have done over 1000 people I'm sure," Stan Brock, Founder of Remote Area Medical said.

For them it's all about giving back. 

"The healthcare is here. The trouble is can you afford it. Can you have access to it? Can you get out of the house? Does your car work so that you can get to where you need to get the care," Pat Thompson said.

For people like Thompson, the help means a lot. 

"I like the idea of giving back and I appreciate the fact that there's somebody here who can help me in this respect."


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