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  •  alas, economically, that's just not a real option (7+ / 0-)

    for me.  I'm not poor, but I'm not rich either.

    If the symptoms get worse again, I'll do what I have to do. But as long as things continue to get better, I have to put off seeing a specialist.

    •  If you have good credit; if you have income (3+ / 0-)
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      indubitably, CroneWit, high uintas

      And if it seems that waiting will make your health (and therefore your economic situation) worse, you may want to check out Care Credit..

      It's not a perfect option for a lot of people. But with health, sooner is often much better than later.

      Anyhow, check it out carefully. Maybe they can help.

      Take care.

      © grover


      So if you get hit by a bus tonight, would you be satisfied with how you spent today, your last day on earth? Live like tomorrow is never guaranteed, because it's not. -- Me.

      by grover on Fri May 24, 2013 at 03:54:45 PM PDT

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    •  You could check into your state's medicaid program (3+ / 0-)
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      ZenTrainer, ShoshannaD, 3goldens

      You might qualify with a spend down. Shit, check into every avenue to find help.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Fri May 24, 2013 at 06:16:21 PM PDT

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    •  Shop around. Get names of GI guys, ask prices, (7+ / 0-)

      ask about available discounts.

      Don't wait until the symptons get bad, you won't have time to shop for a doctor.

      Also find out what services are available in your area. Here in Nashville we have a place called "Faith Family". It's a clinic for people who work or are students and have no insurance.

      It's a sliding scale. People go see the primary doctor there and then Faith Family hooks them up with whatever kinds of tests and procedures they need.

      We have another clinic in town that has general doctors but also every kind of specialty and tests. It's sliding scale as well though you don't have to be working.

      A good way to find out about these types of services where you live is to call your crisis hotline. (Not having insurance is a crisis.) The people who man the phones there have list of all the resources in town.

      Good luck!

      Tracy B Ann - technically that is my signature.

      by ZenTrainer on Fri May 24, 2013 at 06:17:07 PM PDT

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