How to Find Free or Cheap Health Care

While the debates and politics surrounding health care reform are swirling around Washington, D.C. and elsewhere it is worth exploring the many ways currently available to get basic health care in this country at little or no cost to you. With no further introduction needed, let’s explore what is available.

Many hospitals and clinics offer free screenings for a multitude of conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes. Check your community calendar for when these screenings occur in your area.

Search online using the words “university dental school” and your city or state to find a school in your area. Most provide both general and specialized procedures at reduced costs so that their students get hands on training. Many schools and clinics also have set days during the year when basic services are offered for free. Check their online calendar of events.

County hospitals have for years both trained our doctors and provided reduced cost services to uninsured patients. Many will pro-rate payments for services if you have no insurance and usually have to accept emergency patients regardless of their coverage.

Search online using your religious affiliation and the word “clinic” to find faith based clinics. They will almost always serve and treat anyone regardless of religious affiliation.

Search Free Medical Camps for free medical and dental clinics in your area.

Also search the National Association of Free Clinics for a free clinic near you.

Find a Walgreens Take Care Clinic close to you and explore the services they offer.

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  1. Hi Buck, I noticed you mention Free Medical Camps and the National Association of Free Clinics. I would also recommend It is the largest and most updated of it's kind.

  2. Thank you so much for these great dentist suggestions. I have been looking for a really good place to go, but I have just lost my job and times are pretty tough for me and my family right now. I know that going to the dentist is important. We have net been in a few years, but I think that the time has come for me and my family to go.


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