Remote Area Medical, the organization that organized and coordinated a superhuman effort to provide free health care services to the uninsured and underinsured to LA-area residents since Tuesday at the Forum, has officially reached capacity for the duration of their one-week stay. Starting at 5:30 a.m. every day since Tuesday, RAM has provided services from primary care to cataract surgery to thousands of people, most of whom waited in line for hours upon hours, and some of whom were ultimately turned away as the organization’s daily capacity too quickly hit its max. On Wednesday, RAM took a page from old skool Ticketmaster and began distributing wristbands to those in line. Those who received the wristband were told to return for services sometime between today and Tuesday. As of the end of Wednesday evening, all wristbands and numbers have been distributed, and RAM will not see any band-less patients. As they warn on their Twitter feed: “If u dnt hav a wrstband, pls do not drive or walk to The Forum.”
A sadly overwhelming success. Let’s get on with this health care reform thing, shall we?