A nonprofit organization that brings free medical care to underserved communities has announced the establishment of a state office and a permanent presence in Virginia.
“Remote Area Medical” has been offering regular, mobile clinics in Southwest Virginia that have attracted thousands of patients needing care. RAM intends to expand operations—including to other regions of the Commonwealth.
The cost of health care has been rising faster than other sectors for decades, to the point where today, one of every five dollars is spent there. But exactly why that is, has not been well understood, until now.
For decades, doctors have told patients with a drinking problem to join Alcoholics Anonymous - that only by giving up booze could they recover, but the science of treating alcoholism is changing. There are drugs to help you quit, and a Virginia company has something it says will make it possible for some alcoholics to drink moderately.
Dr. Gerry Moeller has been treating patients with addiction problems for 20 years, and the chairman of Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Addiction Psychiatry says Alcoholics Anonymous is still the best bet for some.