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Los Angeles Sports Arena Hosts Free Three-Day Clinic for Health, Vision, and Dental Care

Thousands will be gathering at a sports arena in California for a free three-day health clinic that gives people without insurance the opportunity to receive professional treatment. According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the 17,000-seat Los Angeles Sports Arena will be offering free medical, dental, and vision care to anyone and everyone starting Thursday. Hundreds […]

Los Angeles Sports Arena Hosts Free Three-Day Clinic for Health, Vision, and Dental Care

Dentist and female pacient at dental clinic tooth careThousands will be gathering at a sports arena in California for a free three-day health clinic that gives people without insurance the opportunity to receive professional treatment.

According to the Los Angeles Daily News, the 17,000-seat Los Angeles Sports Arena will be offering free medical, dental, and vision care to anyone and everyone starting Thursday.

Hundreds of on call dentists, optometrists, nurses, and other volunteers will pack the stadium to provide their services free of charge. The first of these annual events was held at the Los Angeles Forum in 2009.

The event is being produced by Care Harbor, a non-profit organization. Its president and founder, Don Manelli, says that there will be some minor tweaks to the services offered this year as a result of the Affordable Care Act, which allowed more people to be insured for primary care.

“What stayed the same is dental and vision,” Manelli said. “Dental is about 60% of what we do, and vision is 40%. We’ll see more dental patients this year than we have before and we’re doing more. We’re offering partial dentures. They’re going to be made overnight.”

According to local St. Louis news affiliate KSDK, dental implants are more popular and accessible than ever due to new procedures that make installations faster than ever, taking just minutes.

As for the Sports Arena health clinic, Manelli says that they are putting more of an emphasis on mental health for this event, in addition to dental and vision. Consultations will be offered and willing participants can schedule appointments with nearby clinics.

Last year, the health clinic served a whopping 3,111 people. Services rendered cost $2.3 million, which is a bargain considering how many patients they see and how extensive their list of services is.

Wristbands for those who are in need of services at the clinic have already been handed out. Manelli said he’ll know the country is taking a step forward with health care when he starts to hand out less wristbands.

“We’ll be here until then,” he said.

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