Free medical care available
WASHINGTON, DCFinancial Assistance Network in Washington, D.C. has just published a new booklet, Free & Low Cost Medical Care The booklet includes information on how and where to get free and low-cost medical care under the Federal Hill-Burton program.
The Hill-Burton program has been in effect for over 50 years, providing more than $35 billion in free and low-cost care to qualified participants. The program was established in 1946 to assist in the construction and modernization of hospitals and medical care facilities. Nearly $6 billion in grants and loans were given to 7,000 facilities in more than 4,000 communities. In exchange, the facilities agreed to provide a reasonable amount of services to persons residing in the local community who are unable to pay.
There are currently 687 facilities that provide free or low-cost medical care, but there is rarely any publicity to let the public know about this program, says Jim Surasak, a researcher at Financial Assistance Network. A step-by-step outline guides consumers through the process of finding a participating facility, and applying to determine their eligibility for free or low-cost care. Consumers can apply before or after receiving care from a participating facility.
Financial Assistance Network is an organization established by volunteers dedicated to helping people who cannot afford medical care or prescription medication. The primary purposes of Financial Assistance Network are to inform potentially qualified applicants about the patient assistance programs for which they appear eligible and assist them in the enrollment process.
Consumers can receive a copy by sending $5 to cover the cost of printing, postage and handling to: Financial Assistance Network, Free & Low Cost Medical Care Booklet, Dept. MCB-1211, P.O. Box 60848, Washington, DC 20039. Consumers can get more information by calling 202-595-1039 or from Financial Assistance Networks Internet web site: www.FinancialAssistanceNetwork.org