Free medical care clinic opens at Sports Arena

Hundreds of volunteers filed into the Los Angeles Sports Arena early Thursday morning for the first day of a massive clinic that will offer free care by doctors, dentists, optometrists and others donating their services.

The clinic, organized by L.A.-based CareNow, will run through Sunday and expects to treat roughly 5,000 patients. About 3,000 were waiting in line, some since Sunday, when the clinic opened.

One of those patients, Arsie Taylor, 65, said she has Medi-Cal but no dental insurance and had not been to a dentist in about three years.

“It’s a good opportunity for people who don’t have insurance,” she said.

Taylor sat down at a registration table and a nurse asked her when she last had a mammogram.
“I don’t know,” she replied. “I want to get a mammogram too.”

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