Category Archives: Charity Care

A few of my favorite things – NeedyMeds

Regular readers of The Self-Pay Patient blog know that I’m a big fan of an organization called NeedyMeds,* which focuses on helping patients obtain needed medical care that they might not otherwise be able to afford. NeedyMeds started with a … Continue reading

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NeedyMeds launches HEALFundr, a crowdfunding site for medical expenses

The focus of being a self-pay patient is, obviously, paying directly for your own medical care. While that usually means paying for care with personal funds, including money in a heath savings account that has been set aside for the … Continue reading

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Other helpful blogs for self-pay patients

I like to think that I’ve created a ‘one-stop source’ of information, commentary, and news that is helpful to self-pay patients, a category that includes the uninsured, those with high-deductible health insurance plans, and anybody else who finds themselves paying … Continue reading

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Obamacare delivers some good news for self-pay patients

It’s been hard to find good news about the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (more commonly known as Obamacare) of late. But there is one thing that not a lot of people are familiar with that has the potential … Continue reading

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Michigan program provides free dental care in exchange for charity work

Although it often gets overlooked in discussions of health care, dental care is an important part of staying healthy. This point was driven home to me and anybody else following health care policy issues by the tragic death of Deamonte Driver several … Continue reading

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Getting help in getting prescription drug help

Prescription drugs are often an important part of a patient’s treatment, and they can also be an expensive part of the overall medical bill. I’ve mentioned in the past several ways self-pay patients can save money, such as using a prescription … Continue reading

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Do you need health insurance? Yes, sort of.

Last week the blog Political Calculations had a provocative post titled “Do you even need health insurance?” It included a calculator that allows individuals to assess the likelihood of needing hospital care at each age, which is the purpose of health insurance … Continue reading

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NeedyMeds, a one-stop source for prescription drug savings

Saving money on prescription drugs is important to everyone, but especially self-pay patients who don’t have coverage for their medicines or who have high deductibles. I’ve mentioned a couple of options in the past, including the $4 generic drugs programs offered by most major … Continue reading

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Fundraising for medical expenses – an option for self-pay patients, but not the best

One of the things I’ve had to clarify for a few people who have asked me about my blog and my upcoming book is that I’m not opposed to people having some form of insurance or insurance-like coverage to cover … Continue reading

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How to save money as a self-pay patient in the emergency room

Self-pay patients can, with a little advanced planning and conscious effort, wind up saving a lot of money. Whether it’s finding a cash-only doctor, visiting hospitals and surgical facilities in the U.S. that offer up-front and real prices, signing up for a telemedicine service, using generics and … Continue reading

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