What Happens to the Uninsured?
By Caleb Burch
In the past several years, the US has been going through a healthcare crisis. Millions of Americans have lost their jobs, and for many of them their health insurance. If you have recently lost your health insurance for any reason, do not be discouraged. There are several resources that you can draw from in order to help yourself get the treatment you need, without having to pay thousands of dollars out of pocket. An article posted in September of 2011, suggests, “Doctors are dispensing advice over the phone to save patients the cost of an office visit. Some ask pharmaceutical sales representatives to increase drug samples they can distribute to needy patients. Others provide care for free, or at a discount.” This is encouraging to hear. Although millions of Americans have lost their job since the start of the recession, and many of them have lost their insurance right along with it, they are not all going untreated.
Doctor offices are not the only places doing their part to assist uninsured patients. Most metropolitan areas around the country have clinics that specialize in helping uninsured patients. These clinics are normally run by the city, and charge patients based on their income and family size. Also, a handful of patient referral services have started up. Referral services are companies that find uninsured patients a place where they can go to get the medical attention they require. MRI Scan Group specializes in diagnostic imaging and helps uninsured patients across the country get discounted MRI’s, CT’s, etc..
If you have recently lost your health insurance for any reason, there is hope. Before giving up, see if your personal care doctor will help you, find a public health clinic, or give MRI Scan Group a call. Good luck!