M ore than 1,600 healthcare professionals and volunteers operated a no-cost mega medical and dental clinic in Spokane, Washington on August 3-4, 2015.
Organizers announced yesterday that a total of 7,757 free services were offered to 3,111 noninsured and underinsured residents of Spokane at the Spokane County Fair and Expo Center, including 319 who were given surgical services at no cost. Organizers had originally estimated that services would be given to 3,000 residents.
The event was organized by Your Best Pathway to Health, a service of Adventist-Laymen’s Services & Industries (ASI), in partnership with the Seventh-day Adventist Church, Adventist Health System West and other entities. Your Best Pathway to Health was co-sponsored by the Office of Spokane Mayor David A. Condon as well as the Spokane County Commissioner’s Office.
Free on-site services included primary care visits, women’s health services including pap smears, consultation by medical specialists including heart evaluation, as well as gastroenterology, neurology, pulmonology, rheumatology, infectious disease, general and orthopedic surgery, pediatrics, podiatry services, immunizations, root canals, crowns, fillings, extractions, dental cleaning, pharmacy, eyeglass fittings and examinations, STD screenings, medical massage, physical therapy, x-rays, laboratory services, audiology, haircuts, free men’s suits and wedding dresses, chaplaincy services and a free meal.
No insurance and no identification were required. No appointment was necessary, other than surgical procedures, which required free of charge pre-surgery visits.