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Information about all aspects of finances affected by a serious health condition. Includes income sources such as work, investments, and private and government disability programs, and expenses such as medical bills, and how to deal with financial problems.
Information about all aspects of health care from choosing a doctor and treatment, staying safe in a hospital, to end of life care. Includes how to obtain, choose and maximize health insurance policies.
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Uninsured: How To Get The Medical Care You Need

How To Obtain Health Care For A Serious Condition Other Than HIV or Cancer

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To obtain treatment for cancer without health insurance, consider the following. As you review the available resources, please keep in mind:


  • Hospitals with federal funding must provide a limited amount of free or low cost health care becuase of the Hill-Burton Act. For information about the act and how to obtain treatment under the Act, click here
  • Many hospitals have their ownor private funds to pay for treament for people who do not have insurance.  Call the finance department of local hospitals. 
  • Speak with a knowledgeable social worker who may know about available programs..

Non-profit Organizations  

  • A number of organizations provide financial support for the costs of direct medical care and related expenses. For example, some organizations offer money to families who cannot pay their bills. Some organizations provide free transportation to and from treatment. Others offer "lending libraries" of wigs, hospital beds, wheelchairs and related products.
  • The type and amount of financial assistance available varies from community to community. Many of these services are not advertised, but are available for the asking. Your oncologist or social worker can help provide local information.
  • Search on the internet for your health condition plus the name of your locat area and state.

Federally-funded health centers (also known as HRSA Health Centers)  

  • There are hundreds of Federally funded health centers around the country that provide medical care regardless of your ability to pay. They are often run by the government's Human Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). Such centers are often referred to as HRSA Health Centers.
  • If you have no health insurance, you pay what you can afford, based on your income.
  • To locate a Federally Funded Health Center, go to: offsite link

Clinical Trials

  • You may get free care if your health condition is being studied somewhere by joining a clinical trial that studies new drugs and treatments or new uses of existing drugs and treatments. 
  • The doctors in charge of clinical trials are usually top in their field. 
  • Generally basic treatment is free. There may still be extra costs you have to incur.  


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