LOS ANGELES (KABC) --Thousands of healthcare professionals and volunteers are expected to serve tens of thousands of people at a free medical and dental clinic being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center over the next few days.
Many people stood in line for hours to enter the convention center, where about 4,200 professionals and volunteers will offer services ranging from primary care visits to major surgeries on a first-come, first-serve basis from Wednesday to Friday.
The free services include the following:
- Primary care visits
- Women's health services such as pap smears and mammograms
- Medical specialist consultations
- Minor to major surgeries
- Dental procedures ranging from cleanings to root canals
- Pharmaceutical needs
- Eye exams and eyeglass fittings
- STD screenings
- Physical therapy
- Laboratory services
- Legal and financial services and counseling
- Free meal
The clinic runs from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. It runs from 7 a.m. until noon on Friday.
Patient Kyung Lee says Medicare just isn't cutting it for him and that he needs extra care for his respiratory needs.
"This makes it very accessible for people who do not have the financial needs," he said.
The event is organized by Your Best Pathway to Health, a service of Adventist-Laymen's Services and Industries in partnership with various other entities. It is also co-sponsored by the Los Angeles County Department of Health and Services.
No appointment is necessary, other than for major surgical procedures that will require pre-surgery visits. To schedule those, call (888) 447-2849. For more information, you can visit www.pathwaytohealth.org.