Health care can be costly. If you have health insurance, it usually pays at least part of your medical costs. If you don't have insurance or need help with costs that aren't covered, financial assistance might be available. Certain government programs and nonprofit organizations can help. You can also discuss concerns about paying your medical bills with your health care provider, social worker or the business office of your clinic or hospital.
- Paying for Medical Care (General Services Administration)
- Benefits for People with Disabilities (Social Security Administration)
- Compassionate Allowances (Social Security Administration)
- Managing the Costs of Cancer Treatment (American Cancer Society) - PDF
- NORD's Patient Assistance Programs (National Organization for Rare Disorders)
- Paying for Complementary Health Approaches (National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health)
- Prescription Drug Assistance Programs (American Cancer Society) Also in Spanish
- RxHope: Patient Assistance Information (Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America)
- ClinicalTrials.gov: Medical Assistance (National Institutes of Health)
Journal Articles References and abstracts from MEDLINE/PubMed (National Library of Medicine)
- Article: Trends in life expectancy among medical aid beneficiaries and National Health...
- Article: Financial Eligibility Criteria and Medication Coverage for Independent Charity Patient Assistance...
- Article: Medical expenditure for middle-aged and elderly in Beijing.
- Financial Assistance -- see more articles
- WISEWOMAN: Frequently Asked Questions (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)