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60 Minutes - Lifeline (March 2, 2008)


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In the U.S., 47 million people have no health insurance and millions more are underinsured, which means a lot of Americans urgently need care. Enter Remote Area Medical, or RAM, a relief organization that stages free medical clinics. Scott Pelley attends a two-day RAM event, where 900 people were treated, and meets the adventuring visionary who founded RAM.

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: CBS
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2008
  • Run Time: 12 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B0014HE7B6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #284,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Thompson on March 7, 2008
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This a story that aired on 60 Minutes last Sunday, March 2nd: [...]

...and here's the group detailed in the story, Remote Area Medical:
[...]

Stan Brock -- who many may remember as Marlin Perkins' side-kick on "Wild Kingdom" -- has dedicated the past 22 years of his life to providing medical care in remote areas. At first this was just in Third World countries, until he realized there are huge numbers of Americans whose access to health care is -- in some ways -- just as bad as what he was seeing in Africa.

He founded Remote Area Medical and runs it out of Knoxville, Tennessee. The 60 Minutes video is one of the single most remarkable stories they've ever run. It will completely shift your ideas about the health-care debate in this country; at least it did for me and for many I've spoken with about it.

Remote Area Medical is doing more (with less funding) than any organization I've yet seen. Everything is volunteered or donated, and they only have two staff-members on salary. Stan Brock does not take pay; every ounce of energy he has goes towards this cause and the man lives like a monk to stretch every dime.

To date they have provided health care equivalent to $32,500,000 -- not a typo, that's 32.5 million dollars worth of services given to people who had no other means of obtaining basic health care. The need is huge across America. This entire issue is, it seems, at critical mass.

After seeing the 60 Minutes segment "Lifeline" I spent two days in Knoxville, had the opportunity to meet with Stan Brock, and was able to tour the headquarters of Remote Area Medical.

According to Mr. Brock, there is a vicious Catch-22 at work in the US.
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