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When Affording Migraine Medical Care Is a Problem

The economy stinks, everything is in flux, and lots of people who need to see a doctor for their Migraines can’t afford to.

We get it. We really do. Still, there are many times when we’re asked questions to which the only safe answer is, “You need to see a doctor.” Nobody can accurately and safely diagnose via the Internet. Nobody can recommend treatments via the Internet, even “natural” treatments. Even simple dietary supplements such as magnesium or vitamin B2 act as drugs in our bodies, and some people take other medications or have health conditions with which some supplements and “natural” treatments shouldn’t be used. So, no matter how badly we want to help, sometimes the only safe answer we can give is, “You need to see a doctor.”

But what are you to do?

Seeing a doctor for MigrainesFinding free, low-cost, or sliding-scale medical care varies from location to location, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. We might have excellent suggestions if you live where we do, but it’s unlikely that you do, so we’re probably going to be at a loss for great suggestions specific to your location.

Still, we can offer you some suggestions on where to look for free or low-cost medical care. Here are a few:

  • Check with the office staff in the office of the last doctor you saw. They understand how tough things are, and they may well know of resources in your area.
  • Check with your pharmacist. Pharmacists are great resources of information. They’ll probably know about any such medical resources and even be able to give you information about the doctors available.
  • Contact the closest office of the Department of Health and Human Services to see if you qualify for Medicaid.
  • Call your county health department. Some counties have health clinics. If yours does, they’ll be able to tell you, and they may know of other resources as well.
  • Check with local hospitals. The social services departments there should know of any free or low-cost clinics in the area.
  • If there’s a medical school in the area, contact them to see if they have a clinic. Many of them have free clinics that are staffed by students who are supervised by attending physicians.
  • Look for a HRSA-Supported Health Center in your area. HRSA stands for Health Resources and Services Administration. These centers are community-based and patient-directed organizations that serve patient populations with limited access to health care, including low income populations, the uninsured, people with limited English proficiency, migrant and seasonal farm workers, individuals and families experiencing homelessness, and those living in public housing. HRSA makes it easy to see if there’s a Health Center near you with their search page.

All in all, there are quite a few suggestions here, so please don’t give up easily. And, if you know of other ways to locate good, low-cost resources for medical care, please post a comment and share the information with us!

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Comments

  • Nancy Harris Bonk moderator
    7 years ago

    Hi Jan,
    One thought to help with the cost of prescriptions is to contact a prescription assistance program for patients. Diana wrote a piece that may be helpful for you; http://migraine.com/blog/patient-prescription-assistance-programs-help-getting-your-medication-2/

  • janiceclemens
    7 years ago

    I can’t afford to go back to the neurologist, ,my co-pay went up to $60 a visit and then he keeps changing my meds, and of course they are not generic.Then I have to see my PCP which went up to $30 a visit so I can get the referral to go back to the neurologist. Plus my pcp has me on other meds which of course are not generic .I just want to not live with the chronic, daily migraine. I work full time. We live on my salary alone lately as my husband just finished up his chemo. He has just started back to work but only a little at a time. I have RA along with Fibromyalgia and then the chronic , daily migraines. I can’t get any financial help since I do have insurance through my emplyer, except it costs me, $ 90 a month if I see both the neuro and pcp plus my meds which $200 a month and that doesn’t include my husband’s meds that he has to be on post chemo. and we have no insurance for him. He goes to the VA but his meds still cost us out of pocket.
    So any help for us like social services, medicaid etc is out of the question for us as we just don’t qualify even though the way we are going we will be in foreclosure soon due to our health issues. Maybe your info can help someone else though.

    God Bless
    Jan

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