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Tue Mar 13 14:52:23 UTC 2012

Is there anywhere someone without health Ins can go for low cost or free care in Allentown, PA. I don't qualify for Medical Asst. sugars running high.
Asked By: melinda52  

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age 54, type 2, sugars running 200-500 daily for a few weeks. Diagnosed 6 yrs ago. I do not have Insurance. I am taking Gliprimide. I have not had a TC1 blood test in about 2 yrs, since I can't afford to pay for it. Any suggestions you have would be appreciated.
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Expert Answers (2)
2012-03-20 19:24:44.0


Thanks for asking dLife.

During tough economic times, it has been challenging to make ends meet. With delays in receiving care, complications of diabetes can become more difficult and costly to treat. Having worked with uninsured and under-insured patients, here are some suggestions.

It looks like my colleague already found some free clinics in the Allentown area. They are worth checking out.

For everyone in similiar situations, I recommend contacting the local health departments and community clinics. They have patient assistance persons who can evaluate which support programs available that best meet the needs of the patients. They may be able to put patients in touch with sources of low-cost (or even no-cost) diabetes screenings, care, medicines, and supplies.

Some health centers use sliding fee to help low-income patients. Patients pay based on income and family size. Offering a sliding fee allows many to receive medical care that they would otherwise not be able to afford while still paying some portion of their care.

dLife discusses help for uninsured and underinsured!

Take care.

Answered By: Liz Quintana
Accreditations: EdD, RD, LD, CDE
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2012-03-20 19:18:07.0

Hello Melinda52 I did a quick search and came up with this site that lists free clinics in the Allentown area. I suggest you let your fingers do the walking and make some calls. Good luck! clinics.
Answered By: Rita Juray
Accreditations: RN, MLT-ASCP, CCM, CDE
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