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 (no longer blogging) leaves behind advice on affordable health care.
- 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
- Chronic Disease Fund - provides co-pay help for expensive drugs
- Understanding Health Insurance - a useful page for understanding your options in the health insurance market
- 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.
- RV Insurance - information and help navigating the waters of all sorts of insurance
Bloodwork and labs:
- Accessa Labs
- Life Extension
- DirectOne Labs
- HealthOne Labs
- Any Lab Test Now
- PrivateMD Labs
Please compare prices on the tests you're interested in, as costs can vary substantially among these providers.
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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