Free medical clinic through Sunday at Memorial Sports Arena

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LOS ANGELES (CNS) – As many as 4,000 people are expected to receive free medical care at four-day clinic that opens today at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena.

Thousands of people lined up earlier this week to obtain wristbands guaranteeing them admission to the clinic, which will provide free medical, dental and vision care for as many as 1,000 people a day over its four-day run.

The clinic will be operated by the local nonprofit group Care Harbor, and funded in part by a grant from L.A. Care Health Plan, Dignity Health and Tzu Chi Medical Foundation. More than 40 other organizations are also taking part, along with about 3,000 volunteers.

The clinic will continue through Sunday.

“At this year’s clinic the three major components of health-care reform and the Affordable Care Act — patients, providers and programs — will be dramatically visible in one unique place and time,” according to Don Manelli, president and founder of Care Harbor. “The enormity of the need, the surprisingly broad demographic of those without access to care, an able and willing L.A. County healthcare community and the programs to make healthcare reform work will all be up close and personal. This will be healthcare history in the making and we are very grateful to L.A. Care for helping to make it happen.”

During a clinic in 2012, Care Harbor/LA provided free medical services to 3,758 patients, according to the nonprofit. More than 6,000 medical, 5,000 dental and 3,000 vision services were provided, with an estimated value of $2.1 million.

The clinic will be open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

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