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Dental care in big demand at free LA health clinic

I wonder why more hospital and medical schools don't do something like this.

AP reports:

LOS ANGELES — Avery Shapiro has had tooth pain for several years. Pat Morris' dental insurance wouldn't cover the tab for a filling. Chenell Bass had to stop driving because her eyesight got so weak.

Such stories were typical among the first 1,200 people filing into a huge free medical clinic that opened Thursday at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.

The four-day clinic, organized by Los Angeles-based nonprofit CareNow, is expected to draw 5,000 uninsured and underinsured patients who spent hours in line Monday to obtain wristbands to enter the event. Some even camped out overnight.

PhotoBlog: People wait in long lines for free medical care in Los Angeles

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N-Jeri Johnson, 6, has his eyes examined during a free health clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on October 20 in Los Angeles, California. The clinic operated by CareNow LA, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit group, will serve nearly 5,000 uninsured and underinsured people over next four days. The goal is to serve about 1,200 people each day, providing free medical, dental or vision care by more than 800 medical professionals. Services being offered at the clinic include medical screenings, women's health exams and chiropractors, acupuncturists and other specialists.



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People give their medical history to nurses during a free health clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on October 20, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.

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Corey Bowers, 9, left, comforts his mother Deborah Dawson, 49, as she gets ready for a dental extraction at a free health clinic sponsored by CareNow at the Los Angeles Sports Arena Thursday, Oct. 20, in Los Angeles.

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Dental patients are treated during a free health clinic at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena on October 20 in Los Angeles, California.