CARSON CITY — More than 600 people from Lyon, Storey and Mineral counties will get free health care services this week. Most of the people who have applied for services are employed, but cannot afford the skyrocketing cost of insurance or health care services, especially dental care.
“The requests for services have been hearbreaking to read,” said Christy McGill, director of the Healthy Communities Coalition.
The free health care event was initiated by the non-profit Healthy Communities Coalition of Lyon and Storey, a group that includes more than 100 local, state, federal and tribal agency partners and hundreds of community volunteers. The primary purpose of the free health care event, called the Medical Outreach Response Event (MORE), is to provide vision, mental health, dental and preventative medical care for residents of this underserved three-county region. Nevada has an acute shortage of doctors, ranking 48th in the United States for doctors per patient, according to a 2009 study from the University of Nevada School of medicine. In the rural areas of Nevada including Mineral, Storey and Lyon, this shortage is even greater, with repeated state budget cuts to rural community nursing clinics and mental health care clinics intensifying the rural health care crisis.
The event will be held at the Silver Stage High School on Friday and Saturday. Organizers expect more than 600 people during the event.