no Insurance

By Patchspice Latest Reply 2011-01-24 14:01:45 -0600
Started 2011-01-19 11:53:38 -0600

I have had Type 2 Diabeties for 3 years now & I'm on Metforman for it I have stopped testing myself or even going to the doctor because I don't have any Insurance at all. Any suggestion on how to get help would be appreciated.

35 replies

lisaf39 2011-01-24 14:01:45 -0600 Report

As far as testing, i have found several meters for free at walgreens and they come w/ strips and lancets.

MJWilkinson 2011-01-24 13:37:55 -0600 Report

Find a free clinic in your area. That's how I'm getting my supplies for free. I just had to buy the meter, because the clinic was out of them.

Patchspice 2011-01-24 10:31:08 -0600 Report

Thank you for all the suggestions. I forgot to say I'm currently unemployed & already went through the Genral assistance & Medicade in this state.

puddn 2011-01-23 21:50:38 -0600 Report

Hi Gabby…I'm in the same situation that you're in…I lost my job due to cut backs and lost my benefits with it. If there's a Publix grocery store near you they will fill your Metformin prescription for free each month.

Anonymous 2011-01-23 19:57:25 -0600 Report

Try to call Blue Cross Blue Sheild, it is not insurance but it is a discount type system. I didn't know if I was going to have Insr.conacted them there plan you go to Quest for free.I know if younear a Publix Meformin is free.Good luck If I hear of anything else I'll let you know.

geford 2011-01-23 19:44:31 -0600 Report

Patch, check craigslist in the volunteer section for studies or go to clinical studes and find one for diabeties. I have been able to get my medicine for free for the last 2 yrs and also get paid for time and travel. It's been a God send for me. Also the last one I went to when the study was over the dr. gave me a 6 month prescription for all my meds.

Mervs girl
Mervs girl 2011-01-21 12:42:18 -0600 Report

I was in the same position only in Danville,Va where I live there is a clinic that helps with people who doesn't have insurance and they help me with my doctor visits and also with my medications. The Walmart has a plan where you prescriptions are only $4 for a 30 day supply. You can also go online and that program Montel Williams is the spokesperson for may also be able to help you.

mombear 2011-01-19 18:05:24 -0600 Report

i didnt have insurance, and my dr suggested i get some, i found a really good oe, that covers me - with diabeties going in. i am really happy with this and its affordable for me. Homeland health Care 8004934240 - they have med copay - saves me $60 each month on my meds! and they cover dr visits - with no out of pocket!

GabbyPA 2011-01-19 15:05:19 -0600 Report

I called my local hospital and asked about their "free programs" and they put me in touch with the clinic I now go to. I pay based on income on a sliding scale and they offer prescription programs as well. So you could start there. I like that because it doesn't tie me to any government help, just local doctors that are helping those in need. Check with your local pharmacies. There might be a program that can get you metformin for free. I get mine free, and I know many grocery store pharmacies across the country are doing the same.

Stinkerbell 2011-01-23 06:36:25 -0600 Report

The program I mentioned before is very reasonable. It runs me only $39.95 per month for my entire household for medical and dental. Dental is only $19.95 per month for my dental, vsion, prescription, and Chiropractor. With the medical plan I go see my Podiatrist, call a nurse 24/7 when I need one. Last year I had real bad Bronchitis. I went to a clinic. There I got 3 breathing treatments and a shot so that I would not get Pneumonia. I did not have to pay anything! The other day I called inquiring about getting an MRI. They want me to pay $3,664.00. How am I supposed to pay that if I do not have insurance? Well, with the company I mentioned before, I only have to pay $600.00! My friend pays $200.00 a month for insurance and her inhaler costs her $29.00. For the same inhaler, I only had to pay $34.00 and I only pay $39.95 a month for my medical care. Do you think that I am not supposed to share this? I think everyone should know about it!

wildwilly58 2011-01-22 10:00:29 -0600 Report

also if ,you need insulin , contact libby pharmaceuticals ,saflo-adventus etc… they have programs to help supply !

Kaiyle 2011-01-19 12:09:27 -0600 Report

My health insurance was cancelled due to my having diabetes. So I sure do know your frustration. The following sites below have been a great help to me in finding medical treatment and care I can afford.

Health Resources and Services Administration


Stinkerbell 2011-01-23 06:44:37 -0600 Report

Thank you, Kayle, for the information. I have taken a look at both sites you gave us information on. I really appreciate the info.

Mrs. Tenacious
Mrs. Tenacious 2011-01-21 18:51:50 -0600 Report

Wow! That does not seem to be legal. I am glad you have found a way around the "discrimination" and I wish you well! Be Blessed!

VickieF 2011-01-19 23:56:59 -0600 Report

I was in the hospital a year and a half ago with a severe kidney infection that went into my blood. yucky. I had not gone to the dr. due to No Insurance. I had tried many times to find affordable insurance. What a joke. The cheapest one I could find would have left me with $43. a Year to live on. The hospital sent me to a clinic when I got out. That clinic put me on a sliding scale also like the one Gabby found. It is still hard to come up with that sometimes, but believe me it beats the heck out of not being able to see a Dr.

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