Over 50 million Americans are without health care today, even though health care is considered a standard of living. Each day, 2.2 million residents of Los Angeles County go without basic health care and preventive treatment, and instead suffer with chronic pain, injuries, infections, diseases, and lower quality of life. Yet this month, CareNow—a national non-profit founded by Dan Manelli—brought its free mega-health clinic to Los Angeles in an effort to provide quality care and treatment to the underserved families and vulnerable individuals living without health insurance and services. Over 7,000 doctors and nurses of all specialties, including the team at Bay Harbor Podiatry Group, donated their time to serve 3,750 patients for free over the course of four days at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.
The event drew national media attention and celebrity support, having been sponsored by The California Endowment and serving as the filming location of a special episode of “The Dr. Oz Show” with the well-known preventive medicine expert greeting patients and doctors alike throughout the clinic.
Bay Harbor Podiatry Group’s Dr. Marc G. Mittleman, Dr. Roland J. Carroll, and Dr. Randall W. Leyking contributed their time and services to the everyday Angeleno who, among the rest of California natives, comprise the highest rate of uninsured citizens in the nation. The majority of procedures performed were to treat conditions considered to be preventable, yet the lack of affordable health insurance for these patients delayed their much-needed treatment. For patients who visited Dr. Mittleman and his staff, treating podiatric problems was critical to identifying the presence of underlying serious life-threatening conditions, such as diabetes. Following the CareNow clinic, these citizens were also equipped with referrals and access to nearby clinics to continue their efforts toward preventive healthy living or to receive follow-up treatment. Thanks to CareNow and its volunteer medical, dental, and vision professionals, these patients were able to take advantage of the clinic’s free medical services, immunizations, educational and counseling services, and seminars on leading lifelong healthy, nutritional lives—and in doing so, took charge of their own lives.
Because of the 3,222 preventative medical procedures performed at CareNow/LA, the patients, physicians, and the overall health care system will all benefit from the decrease in occurrences of emergency medical treatment and health care resources. The main goal of the free clinic was to instill an ever-present sense of prevention among the clinic’s guests as a way to keep the cost of health care down and the quality of living up.
For those CareNow/LA patients who were treated by the Bay Harbor Podiatry Group, appointments and consultations for ongoing treatment will be available. Visit footcareone.com or call (310) 540–1213 to learn more.
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