Hi everyone. I am in Chicago and I have a wonderful free community clinic that I go to.
And for now I get everything free, but when I start back to work I will get a sliding pay/charge scale. They simply hand you an envelope and you simply put in it what you can afford. They call this a donation. Even if its only a dollar.
There are ways to get free meds if you make less than a certain amount of income. One just needs to ask around during their health professional visits.
A good place to start gathering this information also is to go to your local Department of Human Services.
Take a book and some snacks and drinks because the process will take several hours. So get there early. First come first served and the line begins usually a half hour before business opens.
Of course take your medical and prescription info. Your clinic, once you are accepted will also help you with this as well.
Once I was established in a community clinic and professionally diagnosed by their doctors, I was prescribed the meds that I had been taking. Only now I get them free with a prescription from the clinic.
I went to a Cook County Community Hospital Pharmacy to place my first order. After that I just phone in my order and have all my refills mailed to me.
I did have to register there for a "medical card" called an L.O.L. Card (Limited Liability). This just shows my inability to pay for services and meds.
Funny thing is if I go pick up the meds there is a $3.00 per script fee. Not to exceed $10.00 (for more than 3 scripts... I have 5 pills I take for my Type2 and residuals).
I don't pay a dime for anything.
Of course, remember, it's a long tedious process so get started a.s.a.p. But once every thing is in place it is an awesome blessing.
I used to buy my own test strips for my glucometer too, but when I lost my job I could no longer afford those. My clinic provided me with a new glucometer for the test strips that I can get from them free of charge. The only thing I have to pay for are the lancets - which are super cheap. Like about $10 for 100 of them.
I had to see their nurse to confirm that I am keeping up diligently with my care and show that I've been taking my meds diligently, and I had to sign up for classes but that is OK since I need to learn more anyway.
I've seen an endocrinologist, podiatrist, optometrist, neurologist, and of course my Doc of Internal Meds.
What ever blood tests, A1C tests, neuropathy and eye exams, cardiovascular, what ever I or they feel I need. My next exams will be to check my calcium levels and for osteoporosis. This is due to a recurring pain that comes off and on from a 11/2 year old ankle fracture
Knowing that Diabetes affects my body's ability to immune itself, and my previous unhealthy lifestyle, I am being checked out for every little concern. They usually initiate it. And today that's OK. I used to be the type of person to only go get medical help if I felt I was dying - by way of emergency room.
And now I welcome my meds and this forum. Let the adjustments begin. I'm finally taking things serious.
What ever I need they will provide and for free, or at a significantly reduced rate once I begin working again.
Caveat... Not all clinics are created equal, so shop around.