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Old 06-26-2006, 12:09 PM   #1
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how do I find a doctor - no insurnce...

i am experiencing horrible pain and I am getting so depressed. I do not work and receive ssd. I cannot get medicare or medicaid for another 1.5 yrs.I've had a back surgery three yrs ago and the same pain is back. I'm desperate.....how do I find a doctor if I dont have any insurance ?

 
Old 06-26-2006, 04:32 PM   #2
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Re: how do I find a doctor - no insurnce...

Sorry to hear you are in so much pain.....I would check with your local hospital and see if they have a clinic. I'm not familiar with health care for TX. Have you also tried your local health department..they may have some suggestions....I don't know if you live by a medical college...if you do they offer services at very reduced rates.
Hope this gives you some place to start.

 
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Old 06-26-2006, 05:19 PM   #3
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Contact the local united way office also in texas there are clinics that are sliding scale. They have some wonderful facilites all over texas, but a great place to start would be the United Way in your location (county).

 
Old 06-26-2006, 07:29 PM   #4
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Re: how do I find a doctor - no insurnce...

hello,
i am very sorry to hear about your pain. I had to find a dr with no insurance because i do have passport (state help) but there is no pain mang dr. So,i called every dr in the phone book til i found one i could afford to pay cash to. The first visit was high $300. but it is only $75 a month after that. I know you are on a limit budget but maybe you can find one that you can afford. Just call all the dr in your area and explain your position. There is also a hosptil in my state that has a a pain clinic that is on a sliding scale. Maybe there is one your state.Good luck keep us posted,kelsey

 
Old 06-28-2006, 12:43 PM   #5
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Re: how do I find a doctor - no insurnce...

thanks for the advice !
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Old 06-28-2006, 12:45 PM   #6
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thank you very much for the advice !
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Old 06-28-2006, 12:48 PM   #7
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I found a doc, 200 bucks.... an appt on july 6 , but I feel desperate, I will keep on researching other options...... thanks, take care !
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good for ! Did they say how much it will cost after the first appt?
Is does suck to have to pay that much for the first appt,but i understand. It will be worth it to get good pain relief.. Let us know how the appt went.. Good luck kelsey.

 
Old 06-29-2006, 04:23 AM   #9
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Don't know if this info will help but, I had the neurologist help me find a pm doc that wasn't going to do injections,etc. that didn't help the first several times. He referred me to a great pm doc (only took me because of the urgent recommendations from him)and was fully screened prior to the appointment. Anyway,the doc didn't take my insurance. He was kind enough to work with me knowing the urgency of the visit. I pay cash when I go and it is money seriously well spent. Talk with the doc's--they are human too and if they truely have your interest in mind they may work with you and your finacial means. There should be more PM docs like mine!! Good Luck!!

 
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Re: how do I find a doctor - no insurnce...

Eddie-
I am really glad you were able to find a doctor. It's very frustrating when you need a doctor that is "affordable". Everyone else has already given you some wonderful advice, so I won't add any because I have none. Sorry...

I wish you the very best and hope the new doctor will be able to work with your budget and bring you some much needed releif. Take care and let us know how things go with your appointment!

Best Wishes-
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:50 AM   #11
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HI Eddie! I have been in your predicament, It sucks to say the least! All the other posters have given you great advice, but let me see if I can add a little more. Try to find an internist that specilizes in chronic conditions, then pay cash for an office call, usually $100-$300. Once you go over your meds, ask if he or she can let you have some samples of your own or similar meds. I got 4 months worth of pain and antidepressant meds once this way! For what he cant give samples for, take your scripts to your county medical offices. most of them have a small pharmacy tucked in a corner that will not only charge sliding scales rates, they have the paperwork avalible to go straight to the drug companies to ask for a 'scholorship' for your meds, My husband is bi-polar, and by using this method I got his over $2,000 of meds (per month) totally free for the 6 months it took us to get on medicare. Best of luck to you, try not to take no for an answer, and try your congressmans office, they can steer you to a lot of resources. Your Friend, Fabby

 
Old 07-03-2006, 09:15 PM   #12
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hey there
just a suggestion....look under anesthesiologist in your local phone directory.I know for a fact that some in TX have there own office for PM because I went to one. The first visit was $125 after that it was 90 bucks a month. It was in houston though. But please try the anesthesiologist office you will no doubt find lower prices. I wish you the best of luck.
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