Health care in rural Alabama is perhaps a bit more available today. The state’s remote area medical clinic will operate for the first time in Alabama in Gadsden this weekend. The rolling facility will be at Gadsden City High School to provide medical, dental and vision care. Angela Anderson works at the Center for Health Education in East Central Alabama. She says her organization is holding the event to encourage medical students to practice in rural areas.
“We thought, how can we get a lot of students to experience rural patient and rural need at the same time? We came up with the idea of having a home mission weekend,” Anderson said.
The organizers of the Remote Area Clinic stress that patients do not need to have insurance or demonstrate the ability to pay to get treatment.
“This is one of the only experiences in the United States where there are no barriers to care,” Anderson observed. “We don’t ask for any kind of identification, license, health insurance or copayment. There is no exchange of money. »
Patients can start waiting for care in the Gadsden City High School parking lot at midnight on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The clinic will open at 6:00 a.m. and close at 6:00 p.m. each day.