clinics http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/10683/all en-US Low Cost Medical Clinics That Can Help Boost Your Health http://www.wisebread.com/low-cost-medical-clinics-that-can-help-boost-your-health <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/low-cost-medical-clinics-that-can-help-boost-your-health" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/stockxpertcom_id10900391_jpg_3476a594aca2f7d0a532e6f369984d7f.jpg" alt="Acupuncture" title="Acupuncture" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Times are tough. Health care costs are steep and getting a good deal on a doctor&rsquo;s appointment can seem like a faraway dream. Sure, the new reform is floating around out there, but it will take some time to execute it and see how it all works out. In the meantime, there are other options for the un- and under-insured, especially on the alternative health care front. Acupuncture treatments, massage appointments, and meetings with a homeopathist are only a short phone call and a little bit of money away &mdash; when you call the right place.</p> <p>One of the best places to start is a local acupuncture or health school. One of my favorites include the <a href="http://www.bastyr.edu/">Bastyr Clinic,</a> which offers a complete range of services from naturopathy to basic gynecological exams. They offer a sliding scale based on your income and may be able to work out a payment plan with you. Another super location is the <a href="http://www.siom.edu/">Seattle Institute of Oriental Medicine</a>, where you can get a excellent acupuncture treatment from students under the supervision of seasoned practitioners and some herbs for less than $50. Plus, you can combine these alternative treatments with other practices, such as <a href="http://wisebread.com/time-to-get-down-with-your-inner-zen">meditation and qiqong</a>, to give your health an even bigger boost.</p> <p>For those looking for more standard care at a reduced cost, there are free clinics all around. One of the best in terms of offering an array of physical and dental care is the <a href="http://www.berkeleyfreeclinic.org/home.html">Berkeley Free Clinic</a> in Berkeley, California. This clinic focuses on helping homeless and extremely low-income patients. The waits are long and sometimes you don&rsquo;t even get in, but if and when you do, you receive good care from well-trained physicians and dentists. If you find yourself in dire straits, this is a good resource. For those with a little more leeway, they are still a good resource because they also provide quite a bit of information on other free and low-cost health care services in the San Francisco Bay area.</p> <p>Other great spots in the Bay area are the <a href="http://www.pamf.org/healtheducation/hrc/">Community Health Resource Centers</a> that dot the area from the Peninsula to the East Bay. They offer complete health care services with payment based on your income. The sliding scale is quite useful and the physicians very compassionate. It&rsquo;s better to make an appointment in advance, although walk-in services are available. They even have a mobile dental clinic where you can have your teeth checked, cleaned, and x-rayed. Best to check on the hours and locations before you hit them up for service.</p> <p>Another stellar resource is local practitioners in smaller towns who will sometimes offer a trade or a discounted rate for the first few sessions. That way you get to decide if you like both the treatment and the person doing it and whether you want to come back for more. If you work out a trade agreement, you can extend your treatments in a win-win situation. They get free brochures written up or professional help with their computer problems and you get improved health over a longer period of time.</p> <p>Until the healthcare plan starts to hit the mainstream, it can&rsquo;t hurt to check out the alternatives. They may not be completely free, but they&rsquo;re a good start, and many of the practitioners you see at these spots can guide you to more cost-effective basic health clinics if you need them. They're interested in helping you heal. And there's no time like right now to start boosting your health. So give them a call. They'll be happy to help.</p> <p>And let me know if you have other spots you like to hit for good healthcare at lower costs! It never hurts to expand the list of options.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sasha-a-rae">Sasha A. Rae</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/low-cost-medical-clinics-that-can-help-boost-your-health">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Rae 55012 at http://www.wisebread.com Walgreens Clinics Provide Free Health Care for the (Very) Recently Unemployed http://www.wisebread.com/walgreens-clinics-provide-free-health-care-for-the-very-recently-unemployed <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/walgreens-clinics-provide-free-health-care-for-the-very-recently-unemployed" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/take care plan.JPG" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="79" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="MsoNormal">If you&rsquo;ve found yourself avoiding the doctor because you&rsquo;re recently laid off and not sure what to do, we&rsquo;ve got news for you!<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.takecarehealth.com/">Walgreens Take Care clinics</a> are opening their doors &ldquo;free of charge&rdquo; to those affected by a job loss.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Read on for the details on this newsworthy development.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p class="MsoNormal">Even if you aren&rsquo;t needing medical care as you read this, chances are good that you will in the near future.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Even something as minor as a simple antibiotic prescription can mess with your budget &ndash; especially if a recent job loss has left you uninsured.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The Take Care clinics in many Walgreens stores look to their &ldquo;Take Care Recovery Plan&rdquo; as a way to assist.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Here are the details of the program:<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <ul> <li>The program is designed to assist patients of the 341 Take Care Clinics located in Walgreens pharmacies across the country.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>If you&rsquo;ve lost your job since March 31<sup>st</sup>, 2009 and don&rsquo;t have insurance, you can become eligible for free walk-in visits (valued at approximately $59 or more).<span style="">&nbsp; </span>The coverage doesn&rsquo;t pay for prescriptions (although generics of many drugs are usually very affordable.)<o:p></o:p></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>The clinic doesn&rsquo;t require you to make appointments, but the hours for free services are limited (Mon-Fri from 11a.m. until 3p.m.) and will not cover check-ups, vaccinations, or other injections.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>To see a list of commonly treated illnesses that Take Care treats, <a href="http://www.takecarehealth.com/what-we-treat.aspx">see the Take Care website</a>.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>You must provide verification of your job loss, either in the form of unemployment papers or another documented method.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>Spouses, same-sex domestic partners, and children can also receive complimentary treatment under the program, if the family member that lost their job was already a patient of the Take Care clinic prior to job loss.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>(Children that were already seen by the clinic prior to the job loss will qualify their family if a parent loses their job, as well.)<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></li> </ul> <p>&nbsp;</p> <ul> <li>You can pre-qualify for free treatment by visiting the clinic and filling out papers in advance.<span style="">&nbsp; </span>You also have 21 days from treatment to provide verification of your eligibility if you need to be seen and don&rsquo;t have your verification available at the time of treatment.<o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></li> </ul> <p class="MsoNormal">Those interested in learning more about the program are encouraged to visit the Walgreens Take Care Clinic website (<a href="http://www.takecarehealth.com/">www.takecarehealth.com</a>).<span style="">&nbsp; </span><a href="http://www.takecarehealth.com/pdfs/External%20QA.pdf">Their FAQ</a> should provide you with all the info you need to get started.<o:p></o:p><o:p></o:p><o:p>&nbsp;</o:p></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/walgreens-clinics-provide-free-health-care-for-the-very-recently-unemployed">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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