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The understated but touching ‘Remote Area Medical’ shows America’s unmet health-care needs

April 11, 2013

By Matthew E. Milliken
April 11, 2013

At its most basic level, the new documentary Remote Area Medical is about a free three-day clinic that the organization of that name staged at Bristol Motor Speedway over an April 2012 weekend.

But just as sometimes a cigar is not just a cigar, this documentary about a free clinic in rural, mountainous Eastern Tennessee is not just a documentary about a free clinic. When Remote Area Medical was founded in 1985, its mission was to bring health care to inaccessible parts of the Brazilian rain forest. Today, 60 percent of the Nashville, Tenn., group’s work is done in the United States.

“We have people with desperate need within our borders,” one interviewee tells filmmakers Jeff Reichert and Farihah Zaman. (None of the speakers are explicitly identified in the movie.) “Remote Area Medical — we don’t have to go too remote.”

Another interviewee, a patient at the Bristol clinic, says she wishes America’s decision-makers could see the consequences of their choices. Indeed, this viewer couldn’t help but wish that hundreds of U.S. Senators and members of Congress and their key staffers would be forced to watch this film and then spend a few hours discussing possible remedies. (Whether they might choose, after doing so, to repeal, change or keep intact the reform program commonly called Obamacare is outside the scope of this review.) Read the rest of this entry »

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