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Free clinic not a cure-all
Los Angeles Times

As a doctor checked his back in a makeshift exam room at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Demond Lewis, 34, braced himself for bad news.

Six years ago, the cabinet installer and handyman was pulling old pipes from a field when he heard his back pop. He did not have health insurance, so he did not see a doctor.

He has been in pain ever since. Makes it tough to work, he said, tough to even play with his 5-year-old son.