Survival Guide for the Uninsured

This article on MSN Money has some good tips and links for things to do including:

  1. Places to go for information on free or low cost preventative care.
  2. Sites to access prescription assistance programs funded by the drug companies.
  3. Free eye exams.
  4. Going to dental schools for low cost dentist visits.

It also quotes a few scary facts from Kaiser:

  • People without health insurance receive less preventive care and are less likely to have major diseases detected early.
  • The uninsured are more likely to die prematurely than the insured, with various studies putting the mortality rate for the uninsured somewhere between 1.2 times to 1.6 times the rate for the insured.
  • Uninsured infants have relative odds of dying that are 1.5 times higher than infants with private insurance.
  • The poorer health associated with being uninsured depresses workers’ average lifetime earnings significantly. The commission estimated that better health would boost earnings by 10% to 30%.

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