No Insurance, No Doctor, No Meds

By DanaLynn Latest Reply 2012-04-30 16:48:51 -0500
Started 2012-04-22 23:18:05 -0500

I haven't had any medical coverage in just over a year which has resulted in no doctor visits or medication. At the time I lost it, I was doing great. My numbers were great. I was down 30 pounds. Then life's crazy events happened…I was helping with my grandfather who had Alzheimer, he died. I had some paternity things going on. My husband had some kidney stone issues and was in and out of the hospital. Needless to say, the stress was through the roof last year, my weight is back, and my blood sugar is back up.

The clinic I went to will not take me back. One of the doctors died and they don't have room for patients. The one doc (that the clinic recommended) I went to charges $100 a visit. That is not in my budget. I just don't know what to do.

My husband is on disability and I have started my business back but have only given myself one paycheck this year because I'm still paying off equipment.

Can anyone offer any advise? I'm so frustrated and depressed right now. My mom got all over me tonight because I haven't been to a doctor. I just can't afford to go…I can't afford not to go. I don't know what to do!? Are there some options out there that I don't know about?

4 replies

cindygal1 2012-04-30 16:16:31 -0500 Report

Fine out who makes your medication and then go on line with the Company, they will have Patient Assistant Application that you can fill out, and if you qualifty they will send your medicine to a doctor office and you have to pick it up but it will be free. They usuallly send you a 90 supply of medication at a time. Let me know if I can help you furthere, I went through that for four years. Never had a problem getting my medication.

JSJB 2012-04-30 16:48:51 -0500 Report

Merck has a Patient Assistance Program that helps people who can not get their medications due to poor cash flow or insurance. Ask your Dr. to see if he can get you an application or go on line to Merck. Good luck

red flower lady
red flower lady 2012-04-23 10:31:56 -0500 Report

Call your local county health dept and tell them you are diabetic. They will refer you to dr who works on a sliding fee schedule based on your income. You will know the appt cost before being seen $0 to $30.00 is usually the norm and then any lab fees they will tell you before they do them and you can decide on which ones to do, these are .50 cents to about $3.00 a piece. You will get meds at a low price as well.

Try this along with Caroltoo method and you should be good to go, good luck.

Caroltoo 2012-04-22 23:35:41 -0500 Report

Hi, Dana Lynn,

There are a number of us here on the site who are managing our diabetes through careful dietary choices (low carbohydrate, higher protein), regular exercise (I walk 3 miles, MewElla walks 5 miles, etc.), learning stress reduction techniques (won't make the problems go away, but will help you respond in a healthier manner to the stressors), and some nutritional supplementation.

If you would feel OK "following" me back, I will send you a somewhat detailed list of things I include and exclude from my diet. It may be helpful for you as you discover what your body reacts to and needs to avoid. Another option would be to check the discussions for ideas. I have posted a very simple list to help get people started on changes to their diet. It is: A Dietary Checklist for People with Diabetes.; (If this link doesn't go live, look for the name in the discussions or search my site name, Caroltoo.

It can be done! You just have to want it badly enough to find out how to make it work for you and, at first, it is work, but it is so worth it when you get your health back and know it happened because you worked to make it happen! Let me know if there is any way I can help you.