Health insurance is expensive and does not fit into every family’s budget. While it is important and almost necessary to have, the income that a family has to work with does not always leave enough left to afford the large cost. Without insurance, it may seem like it will be impossible to get the care that you need in an emergency, but there are quite a few options. A few of them are touched on here to give you a starting point.
When prescriptions are written, ask the doctor to view the Walmart $4 prescription list. If medications are not available on that list that you require, still take the prescription and get a price from several pharmacies. Work with the pharmacy that has the lowest price.
It is a good idea to register for a free prescription savings card. Most pharmacies accept them and they can help save money on pricey prescription medications. You can also inquire with your local community services to see if there are assistance programs to help pay for medications as some do offer them.
Handling the Aftercare
Your emergency situation may require aftercare. You may not have the funds to pay for aftercare. In this situation, contact the providers given by hospital staff and inquire with them to see about financial assistance programs for uninsured patients. If none offer assistance, contact the hospital and ask to speak to someone in patient relations. This department can help you find a provider that can help or a service that can offer financial assistance for your care.
Taking Care of the Bill
All hospitals offer discounted services for uninsured patients. The amount of your discount solely depends on your income. Once you are approved for a financial assistance discount, work with the hospital’s billing department to establish a payment plan. Even if the amount you can send per month is $5 or $10, they will accept it as they understand that this is all you really can afford.
In the event that you suffer a dental emergency, contact an emergency dentist for their fee. If it is not in your budget, visit an emergency room to at least assist in managing the pain. Dental insurance is affordable, even independently if you are not employed. It is a good idea to approach your employer about open enrollment for dental insurance and see if you are able to afford it. There are even dental insurance plans that offer no waiting period.
Dental College Dentistry Programs
Most areas with dental colleges offer limited discounted services. Major dental procedures such as root canals, are typically not offered. The cost of services provided by a supervised dental student are minimal and often fit into the smallest of budgets.
Health emergencies often happen at the most inconvenient times. They can cause financial difficulty. The one benefit for those without insurance is that there are special programs offered by nearly every type of medical service specifically for those that cannot afford the cost of insurance. Some of the fees may be a bit more than others, but it is best to shop around first.