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America's sick heartland by Dermot Tatlow (36 images)

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In the Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, the sick and uninsured have learnt to wait.

If there is any doubt as to the state of the US medical system, the large white trucks have the words 'Disaster Relief' stencilled on their sides. Hundreds of volunteers unload the trucks and set up a field hospital that will operate for less than 48 hours and vanish as quickly as it appeared.

Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps (RAM) was established in 1985 to bring...
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