SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The doors are closed at a traveling free health clinic in Sacramento, but right now the long line is still there.
Hundreds and hundreds of people were turned away after volunteers treated all the patients they could today.
Day one at Cal Expo and the patient count was 1,050. The line outside began to form at 3 a.m. Patients were certainly grateful, but the medical professionals who volunteer are quite remarkable. Each one of the patients was treated like royalty — like they are paying full for the cleaning, or filling or extraction.
“For the doctors it’s their time. The patients need service that has been put off for too long,” said a dental surgeon. “Not everybody has the ability to pay full fee at an oral surgeon or dental office a lot of things get behind the 8 ball and we’re happy to help out.”
It’s quite a gift for Kim Cox.
“Every day there’s pain and problems,” said Kim.
Like many of the patients getting medical, vision or dental, her story is a sign of the times.
“I was hired full-time. They found out I had other issues and they reduced it down to part time with no benefits,” said Kim.
These doctors know what you give out in slices will come back in loaves…
“We’ve been blessed with a lot of good things in life and were happy to help out the community,” said a doctor.
Another service in high demand here at is vision. In fact, more than 500 people showed up this morning just for that. Many were given a priority number for a return tomorrow…
The reason why so many patients were turned away because there were not enough volunteers to do all the work.