Remote Area Medical on 60 Minutes, Tennessee

<ed.note>It is both encouraging and discouraging to see that RAM does SO MUCH of its work here in Tennessee.</ed.note>

(CBS) This segment was originally broadcast on March 2, 2008. It was updated on July 9, 2008.

One of the decisive issues in the presidential campaign is likely to be health care. Some 47 million Americans have no health insurance, and that’s just the start: millions more are underinsured, unable to pay their deductibles or get access to dental care.

Recently, 60 Minutes heard about an American relief organization that airdrops doctors and medicine into the jungles of the Amazon. It’s called Remote Area Medical, or "RAM" for short.

As correspondent Scott Pelley first reported last March, Remote Area Medical sets up emergency clinics where the needs are greatest. But these days that’s not the Amazon. This charity founded to help people who can’t reach medical care finds itself throwing America a lifeline.