Aasif Mandvi takes a close look at the claims made by some that the US provides the greatest health care in the world. As part of his investigation, he goes with Stan Brock and his Remote Area Medical (RAM) team that goes to remote areas around the world to provide free medical care to people who need them.
Brock’s work was recognized by our university that awarded him the Inamori Ethics Prize in 2010 (I happen to be part of the selection committee) and the work they do is truly impressive. As the award citation pointed out:
Stan Brock’s Remote Area Medical (RAM) delivers free health care services to communities in the United States and isolated regions around the world. A humanitarian, conservationist and former co-host of the TV show “Wild Kingdom,” Brock founded RAM in 1985.
Staffed by volunteer doctors, dentists, nurses and veterinarians, RAM has served hundreds of thousands of patients at its free clinics. RAM conducts these medical missions wherever they are needed, regardless of danger or difficult conditions—from the hills of Appalachia near its home base in Tennessee to the mountains of Nepal. Brock himself makes no salary and lives without luxury, devoting his time and energy exclusively to RAM’s mission.
The callousness of the some of the well-to-do in the US to the lack of minimal, let along adequate, health care for poor people, as seen in the video below, is truly disgusting.
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