This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry. Mississippi wants to punish him for it.

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In small-town Mississippi, where poverty is endemic, transportation is limited and a trip to the emergency room can lead to financial ruin, an alternative exists for those in the know.

His name is Dr. Landrum — Carrol Frazier Landrum — and, even if your pockets are empty, the 88-year-old physician from Edwards, Miss., will schedule you for an appointment.

For the last two years, Landrum has been working without an office, but he’s happy to meet his patients wherever they are. Sometimes, the meetings occur in a home; sometimes they take place in a parking lot. Other patients meet the doctor on the side of a quiet country road — or inside his 2007 Toyota Camry.

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1 thought on “This 88-year-old doctor treats the poor out of his Toyota Camry. Mississippi wants to punish him for it.”

  1. I think we need a new Medical Association. We need to weed out the doctors that are in it strictly for the money.
    I think the state in this case might have a rebellion on their hands from the very people they might in the future be getting their support from. Or not.
    I suggest they leave the old doctor alone. If every free patient he has ever treated decides to vote . . . what happens to these people on these boards?
    88? That man has a maximum of 10 years left in which he is still capable of doing anything. Taking his license might be the worst PR mistake that state has ever made. His patients are not 88 years old. He is likely considered to be a saint by the people he has successfully treated over the years. I think that state board is out of their ever living minds from an image perspective.

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