When You Can’t Afford to Take Care of Your Health

By Maria Figueroa, Research Coordinator, Center for Health Equity Engagement Education and Research

An article posted on Cleveland.com titled, “I basically have to stay sick: ’NE Ohioans feel the cost of delaying health care.” was brought to my attention.  As I read the article, I thought of all the people I come across every day and tell me that they’re so sick but they will not go to a hospital to get checked. Some people will not go to the hospital because they don’t want to end up with a huge bill or the medicine they are prescribed is too expensive and they can’t afford it. This has become a reality in a lot of homes and it is very sad. To have to choose between spending the money you have left in your bank account to buy your groceries or to spend it going to the hospital, it’s a complicated situation no one wants to be in. To these people that go through situations like these, know that there are other choices. Don’t wait for the problem to become worse and check the hospitals near you to see if you are eligible and qualify for financial aid or charity care programs. Many of these hospitals have their own rating system based on your income level, seek help. To learn more about financial assistance




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  1. MetroHealth Financial Services
  2. Circle Health Services 

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