The choices for finding low cost medical care are increasing. Free and low cost clinics and health care centers can be found in many places. Knowing where to find affordable health care, with or without insurance gives you peace of mind in case of an emergency health situation.
Many communities have resources for affordable health care for residents. Schools are a great resource. Many schools have wellness centers that offer free or low cost wellness care. If area schools do not offer such assistance, contact the neighborhood community center for information on local resources. Some centers offer lower cost prescriptions, women’s health care, and dental clinics.
The internet is often a great resource for finding affordable or low cost medical care. The National Association of Free Clinics (http://www.nafcclinics.org/) has a listing of clinics available all over the US. The US Department of Health and Human Services (http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx) also has a listing of resources for affordable or free health care services. Other great online resources for health care information include your city, county and state health departments and community centers. Always call a resource to inquire about the services offered and ask if there is an income based pay schedule.
Some college towns may offer teaching hospitals or medical centers where advanced medical students work to continue their education. These clinics are educational centers as well as affordable medical care resources. Common clinics for med students are dental, vision, routine and urgent care needs resources.
If you have a specific disease or illness, there may be special health clinics for a specific health problem. The best way to find affordable health care for a specific illness such as diabetes, contact the local American Diabetes Association for information regarding help in your area. If your specific illness or injury requires medical equipment, these organizations and associations may have resources for these as well. Health care does not have to be costly. Always check local resources for affordable care in your specific area. Health care is important, but it should not break your budget.