During October – Breast Cancer Awareness Month – many medical practitioners provide free breast exams and tests. Call your local hospital for details. In addition, the Breast and Cervical Cancer Prevention and Treatment Act provides low-income and uninsured women free or discounted access to mammograms. Go to www.cdc.gov, or call 1-800-CDC-INFO for more information.
Click here for more on when to start having mammograms.
If you think you’re saving money by skipping annual physicals, think again. Prevention and early detection are the biggest money savers of all.
Build Your Own Network
If you’re in financial need, contact a social worker affiliated with your local hospital or doctor’s medical practice. Based on your eligibility, they can help you obtain health care coverage, create an affordable payment plan, or alleviate costs entirely.
Drug Store or Grocery Store Clinics
These outfits offer convenience and midlevel providers (nurses, physician assistants) who can provide high-quality routine treatments at a low cost. Typical services include:
- Flu shots
- Physical exams
- Respiratory screenings
- Treatment for minor injuries or infections
Free clinics offer health-care nationwide to people in need. For referrals, call your local health department; or visit www.hrsa.gov or www.freeclinics.us.
Many people think it’s no big deal to skip dental appointments, but that’s a mistake since regular visits protect you against gum disease and other serious ailments. Click here for more information on the importance of annual dentist appointments.