Advice from the experts:
- Uninsured in America - a Florida physician, Stephen Blythe, coaches us through some fee-wrangling with doctors and hospitals. I'm not sure he promotes it on his website, but he has written Uninsured in America - a survival guide.
- Healthcare and Staying Healthy on the Road - Cherie and Chris of Technomadia present some insurance options, as well as sharing some of their own healthcare experiences.
- Fulltimer Nina outlines the resources they used to choose their coverage in Wheeling It.
- Cheap RV Living has begun a series on living without health insurance.
- 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care - written by an urban Ohio physician, Cynthia J. Koelker, MD, she gives what she promises.
- NeedyMeds - a clearinghouse of information, drug discounts, free and low-cost treatment centers, and more. Worth looking into.
- Partnership for Prescription Assistance - low-income help with Rx
- Indigent Rx help by pharmaceutical company - names and phone numbers for drug companies who provide maintenance medications to low-income patients
- Walmart's $4/$10 generic drug list. - take this list with you to your appointment.
- Janssen Prescription Assistance - a Johnson & Johnson clearinghouse for drug and medical supply assistance
- CaresByGSK - Glaxo Smith Kline offers help getting oncology meds for low-income, uninsured, and underinsured patients
- Prescription assistance programs - a long list of disorders and diagnoses that may qualify for co-payment help
- CancerCare - provides financial help for cancer patients
- American Cancer Society local chapters have information on financial help for treatment-related expenses. Call 800/ACS(272)-2345
- R.A. Bloch's list of cancer resources
- eHealthInsurance - lets you compare choices.
- High-risk pool
- Another high-risk pool site
- Samaritan Ministries - private insurance/healthcare fund for Christians who attend church regularly and have a pastor to vouch for them.
Bloodwork and labs:
- Accessa Labs
- Life Extension
- DirectOne Labs
- HealthOne Labs
- Any Lab Test Now
- PrivateMD Labs
Read WheelingIt's excellent rundown on lab tests, why you should be interested, and how to save truckloads of money by taking healthcare into your own hands.
- CDC-sponsored colorectal screening program - low-income, un- or underinsured, 50-64 years
- CDC-sponsored breast and cervical screening program - underserved women
- Arizona Department of Health Services - well-woman screening for breast and cervical cancer
Other care options:
- Free and sliding-fee clinics across US (HRSA) - find health care and mental health services
- Planned Parenthood - offers women's and men's health care services, usually on sliding scale.
- NeedyMeds - free and sliding-fee clinics, listed by state.
- FreeMedicalCamps.com - you'll have to do your own legwork for each provider to figure out if you're eligible as a non-resident.
- South Carolina - this site has a helpful map for provider locations.
- New Mexico Public Health Offices
- Hill-Burton free and reduced-cost health care - find specific facilities obligated to provide free or reduced-cost treatment.
Local clinics that we know about:
- Desert Senita Community Health Center - sliding fee scale and help with government programs
- North Country Health Care - also serves twelve other northern Arizona locations. Sliding fee scale, self-pay, most insurances, AHCCCS (Arizona Medicaid). (928) 213-6100.
- El Rio Community Health Center - (520) 792-9890. Serves the uninsured and underserved Tucson community with free care or sliding fees. Locals and AZ healthcare professionals have told us El Rio has a good reputation.
- St. Mary's Hospital, west Tucson - helps you get financial assistance, if you qualify, and offers 45% self-pay discount if you do not. [N.B.: this is a faith-based hospital.]
Southern New Mexico:
Filing insurance claims:
- Hannah Taylor has compiled a website that may help in filing insurance claims.
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