Category Archives: Convenient Care Clinics

Pediatricians against retail health clinics? It’s not that simple

One primary care option that can be both affordable and convenient for self-pay patients are retail health clinics such as Minute Clinic, Healthcare Clinic, and Target Clinic. These clinics typically treat a number of fairly simple illnesses and injuries, and … Continue reading

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How to Opt Out of Obamacare

December has arrived, and the deadline to apply for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare, of course) that will be effective January 1 is looming large. Recent press accounts suggest the online exchanges are working … Continue reading

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Retail health clinics make care accessible, affordable

One of the things I haven’t gotten around to discussing much here at The Self-Pay Patient blog is the use of retail health clinics, and how they can be a great option for the uninsured or anybody else for that … Continue reading

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Tips on saving money when paying for health care

A few weeks ago I ran across an article in Woman’s Day titled ‘22 Ways to Save on Health Care’ that I thought would be helpful to self-pay patients, including not only those who are uninsured but also anybody with … Continue reading

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PricePain.com providing real prices for medical visits and procedures

A few days ago I found PricePain.com, a relatively new online service that allows people to find the cost of a visit to a doctor, retail health clinic, or other provider near them, as well as the prices of procedures they … Continue reading

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Saving on drug costs with pharmacy discount cards

Buying generic drugs to save on prescription drug costs can result in big savings. But sometimes there are no generics available, or the generics that are available don’t work. In other cases, the medicine that your doctor prescribes isn’t on the insurer’s … Continue reading

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Connect2Docs ‘bundling’ of services for self-pay patients = big savings

The Self-Pay Patient has been up and running for about six weeks at this point, and I’ve probably brought to readers’ attention dozens of different providers, companies, facilities, organizations, programs, and web sites that can help the uninsured or those with high-deductible health insurance to save money … Continue reading

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North Carolina man defends self-pay patient status

Marc Landry, a contributing columnist to the NewsObserver in the Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina area, authored a piece a few days ago defending his status as a self-pay patient against those that would call him a ‘free-rider.’ Marc became uninsured in 2010, and … Continue reading

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Free-standing emergency rooms – any advantage for self-pay patients?

The past two decades have seen a proliferation of innovative health care providers that have made either made health care more accessible, more affordable, or more effective – in some cases all three! Examples of this include ‘convenient care clinics’ … Continue reading

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Some self-pay friends check in

Literally within minutes of announcing the launch of The Self-Pay Patient to my friends on Facebook I heard from two people I went to high school with that briefly shared with me some of their experiences getting health care as self-pay patients. … Continue reading

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