People in Elkhorn City and the surrounding area will be able to receive free medical care as the Remote Area Medical Free Clinic is set to come to the area Aug. 10-11.

The Remote Area Medical Free Clinic provides free dental, vision and medical services to underserved communities. Kaylen Mallard, chief development officer for Remote Area Medical, said the clinic is invited to come and provide their services to underserved areas like Elkhorn City. This is the first year the clinic has come to the area, and about 500 people are expected to attend.

“We believe that everyone should have access to healthcare,” Mallard said. “Rural areas don’t always have access to medical services.”

The Elkhorn City Area Heritage Council invited the clinic to come to the area. Roger Copley, council president, said the clinic’s visit is all about helping people.

“We have a lot of people who have been laid off from their work and have been taken off of their insurance,” Copley said. “They can’t go to the doctor if they can’t afford the copays.”

The clinic will be stationed at East Ridge High School at 19471 Lick Mountain Rd. starting at 12 a.m. on the first night of the event. Ticket distribution will begin at 3 a.m., and clinic doors open at 6 a.m. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The clinic is open to the public, and identification is not required.

Provided dental services include fillings, cleanings and extractions, and provided vision care includes eye exams, glaucoma testing and prescription glasses made on-site. Patients are asked to choose between dental and vision services, due to time constraints.

Medical services to be provided include general medical services, physicals, women’s health, sexually transmitted disease testing and family planning, including free birth control.

The clinic requests volunteers, food donations and monetary donations. For more information, visit ramusa.org or call 865-579-1530.

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