BRADENTON (FOX 13) - If you're planing on getting free medical, dental, and vision care this weekend at the Manatee Technical College in Bradenton, be prepared to get in line early.
Remote Area Medical is holding a free healthcare event on both Saturday and Sunday for those in need and without health insurance.
RAM Founder and President Stan Brock says many of the people who receive care aren't homeless or unemployed - they simply can't cope with the high cost of healthcare, so health problems go untreated. He's encouraging those who need care to seek it.
"We don't ask any questions of any of the patients except 'where does it hurt?'" Brock said while speaking to FOX 13. "We don't want to know whether you've got a job, whether you're legal in this country or not," he added. "The patients really value that ease of getting the care that they need."
In past years, patients began lining up to secure their spot in line outside the school the night before it opened. Patients can receive their voucher in line starting at 3 a.m., with the first patients being seen at 6 a.m.
This will be the third straight year that RAM, the nation's largest provider of free medical, dental, and vision care, will hold the event at this site in Bradenton.
The clinic is located at MTC's main campus, 6305 State Road 70 East in front of Braden River High School.