Free Health Care at the LA Forum

Aug 12, 2009 by Lisa Newton

Opening in 1967, the LA Forum came into full force and effect as the center for Los Angeles’ sports, music, and special events. With its original cost of $16 million, design by famed Los Angeles architect Charles Luckman, the Forum was built to contain upwards of 18,000 people, in various sections of the arena.

The Forum

The LA Forum will be transformed into a Medical Facility August 11th to the 18th

As the Health Care debate rages across Washington and the country, we are fortunate to host the Remote Area Medical, pioneers in No Cost Health Care, during this upcoming week.

Remote Area Medical Volunteer Corps

During the week, the LA Forum will be open from 5:30am to 6:30pm, where free medical, vision, and dental care for Los Angeles’ uninsured, underinsured, unemployed, and under-employed persons will be provided at no cost on a first-come, first-served basis.

As the Health Care debate rages across Washington and the country, we are fortunate to host the Remote Area Medical, pioneers in No Cost Health Care, during this upcoming week.

The services offered will range from teeth cleaning, to free prescription glasses, to mammograms and pap smears, among other procedures and examinations. A big shout out to all of the volunteer doctors, schools, and organizations that have made this Free Health Care at the Forum week possible and available at no cost—and for anybody who needs it.

Tzu Chi Mobile Unit

But, be prepared to wait–with over 2 million uninsured in Los Angeles County, many people, including children, will take advantage of this incredible opportunity. And well they should. It isn’t often that people can receive free medical care—perhaps the politicos in Washington can come up with a plan most people can agree on, but in the meantime…………

Be Prepared to Wait

With health care in the headlines every day, it’s fantastic to see a group of dedicated medical professionals helping people who definitely need their help.

For more information about the various services provided, please check out, RAMLA 2009 for details.


Interesting facts about the LA Forum

  • In July 1970, The Jackson 5 broke attendance records at the Forum, performing a concert with 18,675 paid admissions, grossing $105,000
  • Elvis Presley played two shows there on November 14th, 1970 during his first tour of the ’70s
  • Barbra Streisand recorded her Live Concert at the Forum there on April 15th, 1972
  • Paul McCartney and Wings played 3 concerts in June, 1976 and then 4 concerts in November, 1989
  • Queen played there on its A Day at the Races Tour 1977, News of the World Tour, 1977 and Jazz Tour, 1978
  • In 1975, Jethro Tull played five dates, three consecutively
  • Between 1970 and 1977, Led Zeppelin played at the Forum 16 times, including a run of 6 sold-out dates in 1977  Source: Wikipedia


When the Los Angeles Staples Center was built, the Lakers and Kings moved to the new facility. Currently, the Forum is owned by Forum Enterprises, Inc., the for-profit division of the Faithful Central Bible Church. Beginning in 2000, the Church held their Sunday services at the Forum.

However, concerts, sporting events and other public events never stopped taking place. In 2009, the Church discontinued Sunday services. Today, the Forum still regularly hosts concerts, and other events. In fact, on October 9th, the Lakers will be returning to the Forum for a Pre-season game to commemorate their 50th Anniversary in Los Angeles.

Go Metro

Taking the Metro to the Los Angeles Forum

And if you’re Travelin’ Local, and you need or want to take the Metro to the Los Angeles Forum for the No Cost Health Care week, the Metro is providing extra service on Route 115 .

The hours have been expanded to begin at midnight all the way to 5 a.m. It will operate from Firestone and Atlantic in Southgate, to the Inglewood Transit Center in Inglewood. Metro’s expanded service will run every 30 minutes. Regular service begins at 5:00 a.m. and operates until midnight.

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6 Responses to “Free Health Care at the LA Forum”

  1. carla says:

    That’s a great idea. I wonder if this would wake people up that we need a better health care system than the one we have now. Two million may be an underestimation.
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    LisaNewton Reply:

    @carla, I wish more doctors would participate. From the reports I read, there was a great shortage of dentists and eye doctors. I hope more professionals jump on the bandwagon!!


  2. David says:

    I agree with carla’s sentiments. It’s a good start for those that require medical assistance and a big shout out is deserved, to all the health-care professionals that gave their time, and dedication to help those less fortunate.

    I also enjoyed your reporting about the LA Forum’s history–it’s rich and Los Angeles owes a lot to the Forum’s founder and sports visionary—Jack Kent Cooke


    LisaNewton Reply:

    @David, This group specializes in “remote” locations. It’s surprising to see them here in the second largest city in the USA. Not too remote.


  3. Lyka from Air Ambulance Services says:

    I wish this would go nationwide, and, like an annual event! Would be soooo great to know!


  4. Jeremy Lewis says:

    Hmmm..sounds like and interesting idea. Any idea on how many people showed up to receive care?

    Up here in Northern California we have “Healthy San Francisco” which is basically a free health care service for local residents of the city.
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