Remote Area Medical (2013)

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Synopsis:
During the U.S. debate about healthcare reform, the media - reporters and news crews and filmmakers - failed to put a human face on what it means to not have access to healthcare. "Remote Area Medical" fills that gap - it is a film about people, not policy. Focusing on a single three-day clinic held in the Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, "Remote Area Medical" affords us an insider’s perspective on the ebb and flow of the event - from the tense 3:30 a.m. ticket distribution that determines who gets seen to the routine check-ups that take dramatic turns for the worse, to the risky means to which some patients resort for pain relief.
We meet a doctor who also drives an 18-wheeler, a denture maker who moonlights as a jeweler, and the organization’s founder, Stan Brock, who first imagined Remote Area Medical while living as a cowboy in the Amazon rainforest, hundreds of miles from the nearest doctor. But it is the extraordinary stories of the patients, desperate for medical attention, that create a lasting impression about the state of modern health care in America.
Directors:
, Farihah Zaman
Genres:
Documentary, Special Interest
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