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susiemargaret posted:
hello, all --

here is a list of resources for finding free/low-cost medical care, including counseling. you may have to go thru the entry level with a primary-care dr, but then you can ask to be referred to a counselor or psychiatrist. don't try to tackle all of these at once, or you'll be overwhelmed. check out one or two, see what they say, then check out one or two more.

i welcome any suggestions for additions to this list.

-- susie margaret


-- check out these websites -- http://www.coverageforall.org/finder/index.php , http://www.freeclinics.us/freeclinic.php , http://www.needymeds.org/free_clinics.taf , http://www.findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov , http://www.freemedicalcamps.com/index.php , http://www.pparx.org/en/prescription_assistance_programs/free_clinic_finder , http://community.catholiccharitiesusa.org/NetCommunity/Page.aspx?pid=292&srcid=288 , http://www.211.org , and http://www.copays.org ;

-- check out this website -- http://www.patientadvocate.org/report.php , be sure to click on both national and state organizations;

-- check out the website for the "live united" campaign of the united way -- http://www.liveunited.org -- and use the "search our site" box at the right in the second blue ribbon to do a "search" for your city or state to find medical care programs in your area;

-- call your city, county, or state dept of health and dept of family services (or something that sounds equivalent), and ask if there are free or low-cost clinics in your area;

-- go to the website for your state government, e.g., http:// www.your_state.gov , and click on every social services link you can find;

-- look for free or low-cost clinics at nearby medical schools, divinity schools, large hospitals, and university graduate programs in nursing, social work, or psychology; often students who are close to graduation provide health care under the close supervision of their instructors;

-- see if any hospitals near you have a social worker; often they have very extensive knowledge of their own and other hospital and community resources;

-- call the legal aid office to see if they know of programs for free or low-cost medical care;

-- check with churches, synagogues, and mosques to see if they have someone who does counseling; with many of these, you do not have to be a member, their only concern is that you are a person in need; and

-- check out these websites to determine your eligibility for various govt assistance programs -- https://www.benefitscheckup.org/index.cfm?partner_id=0 , http://www.govbenefits.gov/govbenefits_en.portal?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=gbcc_page_home&_nfls=false , and http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/Home.aspx .
what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
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Byroney_WebMD_Staff responded:
Susie Margaret,

You know I love this list--it's far more complete than the ones I've put together. I'm planning to share it on several of my communities, and thank you so much for collecting them all.

Especially in these trying times, it may be able to help some folks who don't know where to turn.

With much appreciation,

Byroney

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Climbing Out from Under Medical Debt (blog)

Donated Dentistry for the Handicapped

Legal Aid

Making Home Affordable (saving your home through mortgage modification)

Few Tips:

See if you can get a generic that is on that list of 300 or so drugs available at Wal*Mart for $4.00 or so for a 30-day supply. Target and Fred Myers chains also have the same program. Check that list and see if any medication you take is on it, and get yours transferred there if it would be cheaper. Also, don't be shy about printing out the list and asking your doctor about it.

Check out the pharmacy at CostCo, a warehouse store which can buy in bulk so their prescription prices are very low. You do not have to be a CostCo member to use their pharmacy.

For dental help, check with your state's dental licensing board for options, as well as any local dental colleges.

 
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Allison12345 responded:
Boy, that's a long laundry list. Thanks for sharing.
 
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lukeperry responded:
Hi stranger! It's your ole pal Lukeperry. How have you been, and what are you up to? Did you see the post from mlovelola87 asking how to help her depressed mom who has Parkinson's? It's right under this post. I helped as much as I could, but I know you could probably tell her a lot more. Thanks, and We miss you.(Sophie & me)
 
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gafferoo responded:
This is a terrific list, thanks!

I have been dealing with some stuff as of late and this looks like a decent list of stuff to help me out.

I also would like to give a shout to to:
http://fightwithdepression.com

A great simple site with some details on Depression!
 
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mmichie responded:
I went to my primary doc..I had my thyroid removed 30 yrs ago and have been on replacement ever since ...after being depressed for a bit..I did question if this might be part of it and maybe hormones..I'll be 48 this year. I am very much in tune with my body and the main reason I waited to even go in for depression was in part of waiting to see what my body was telling me..I tried exercising which brings up the serotonin levels but after a while I was just too depressed to work out. I believe mine came on as small events in my life over the past few years that kept pushing down natural chemicals that should be at the right place so to say....kind of like post-traumatic stress but without it happening all at once. So this is circumstantial situational depression that can be treated in a shorter period of time. That was part of my fear I did not want to be talking something for years and years,,, Well to make a long story short ...I did a little bit of research and I talked to my doc and we wanted to put me on Lexapro because he agreed that it seemed to have the least amount of side effects...unfortunately my health care does not cover this med,,, so the second option was Wellbutrin xl 150. So we went with that...Ive been on it for two weeks and I am starting to feel much better... I have more energy...my thoughts are more clear, I have more ambition. I know this could take up to 4 weeks to see real results...so I guess time will tell. But I do feel better. The only regret is that I wish I would have gone in sooner...because who really likes going to the doctor..? I felt this is a bit of a stigma...being labeled... and all that...my doc even laughed when I felt silly about ..."This not really a medical problem"..well bottom line I am much happier now..I 'll keep u posted
 
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susiemargaret replied to mmichie's response:
hello, M --

i'm glad to know that things arae improving for you.

when you write back to let us know how you are doing, why don't you post it as a new, separate discussion? more people are likely to see it that way. to do this, get to the depression community first page, http://exchanges.webmd.com/depression-exchange , then hover over the orange "post now" button at the top or bottom right. click on "discussion." this will take you to a blank message box where you can put your message with an appropriate title..

when you do your post and then submit it, the inquiry will show up as a separate topic on the (new) front page of the depression community.

i send caring thoughts and hope all continues to go well.

-- susie margaret
what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
 
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Demons2011 responded:
Susie Margaret,

Wow. great list! Took some time and energy to come up with all those. Might be a good idea to lead the topic area once a month with these sites.
 
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susiemargaret replied to Demons2011's response:
hello, D --

the resources list is usually at the top of the discussions during the week, but it gets bumped on the weekend so that webMD can post the notice about being in crisis when traffic is not very active (on the weekend).

when it is not posted, you can always find it at http://forums.webmd.com/3/depression-exchange/forum/6522 .

thanks for your comment!

-- susie margaret
what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
 
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susiemargaret responded:
hello, all --

a few corrections --

-- in the first batch of websites, drop the second one (freeclinics.us), and insert http://www.nafcclinics.org ;

-- in the first batch of websites, drop the fourth one (hrsa.gov), and insert http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx ; and

-- in the final batch of websites, drop the final entry (eldercare.net/public/home), and insert http://www.eldercare.gov/Eldercare.NET/Public/mobile_index.aspx .

if anyone finds other links that do not work, please post a message with my name in the title (susiemargaret), and let me know which ones so that i can fix them.

thanks!

-- susie margaret
what good is gold, or silver too, if your heart's not good and true -- hank williams, sr.
 
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emma123marie responded:
You are, without a doubt, the most helpful person I've seen online ever! Thank you for this information, thank you for taking the time to post it, and caring enough to do so. There's a whole lot of grateful people out here, I'm sure. I know I am


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