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Over the past 33 years, Remote Area Medical has provided free medical, dental, and vision care to hundreds of thousands of people through the operation of mobile medical clinics. RAM operates its clinics in communities large and small, both in the United States and abroad.
Every RAM clinic is free and open to the public. There are no qualifying questions and ID is not required. Unless otherwise noted, each clinic will open its parking lot area at 12:00 AM with numbered tickets being distributed at 3:00 AM. Clinic doors open at 6:00 AM.
What services does RAM offer?
The basic services can include:
DENTAL: Cleaning, fillings, extractions
VISION: Complete dilated eye exams, testing for glaucoma, testing for diabetic retinopathy, glasses made on site
MEDICAL: General medicine
PREVENTION: Breast exams, diabetes screening, physicals, women’s health
EDUCATION: Educational resources and information are provided throughout service areas
NOTE: Due to time constraints, be prepared to choose between DENTAL and VISION services. All patients will have the option of receiving DENTAL and MEDICAL care or VISION and MEDICAL care, but not DENTAL and VISION care on the same day.
Do I need to make an appointment?
RAM offers services on a first-come, first-serve basis; therefore, RAM do not make appointments.
How do I get into the clinic?
To enter a clinic you will need a number, and to receive a number you will need to be present when we provide them.
Can I get a number for my friend or family member?
Because the services are free and resources are limited, RAM only give numbers to those who are physically present at the time of number distribution.
When do I receive my number?
RAM hand out numbers at the clinic location at 3 am on clinic days. EXAMPLE: If RAM hold a clinic on January 1st and January 2nd, then we will hand out numbers at 3 am on January 1st and again at 3 am on January 2nd.
When should I arrive to ensure I receive a number?
RAM open the parking lot at clinic sites at 12 midnight. Often, folks begin arriving several hours before the parking lot even opens. RAM can’t tell you a specific time to come, but the earlier you come, the greater your chances of being seen by a doctor
How many numbers RAM gives away?
It varies. Volunteer and patient populations determine how many numbers we distribute. For example, if 100 doctors sign up to volunteer, RAM give out more numbers than we would if only 50 doctors came.
What should I bring with me?
You are not required to bring anything with you. RAM do not ask for proof of residency or proof of income. Bring all of the medications that you take every day, and take them just like you normally do. Because you will likely wait outside of the clinic site until the clinic begins, RAM suggest checking weather conditions and preparing accordingly. Since the wait can be a long one, it’s also a good idea to bring food, water, and entertainment like books or games.
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