No Health Insurance? No Problem……Use Community Programs!

by Kathy Sykes on August 19, 2013 · 0 comments

As a healthcare professional, I hear a lot about how individuals cannot be seen by a physician because of lack of health insurance. But I want to assure you that there are several community programs that can assist people in maintaining their health in spite of.

Just this week, I participated in a voluntary health screening that was organized by a hospital. This screening was open to the public and did require a fee, but the fee was minimal ($80) as opposed to what it would cost in a hospital or physicians office.

I had an Angioscreen done. An Angioscreen is the first step to preventing a heart attack or stroke. An Angioscreen provides information about your heart rhythm, neck and leg arteries, blood pressure and fitness.

Here are some of the things that were monitored during my angioscreen:

  • Blood Pressure
  • Pulse
  • Heart Rhythm
  • BMI
  • ABI–screening test for blockages in the arteries that go to the legs
  • Aorta–screens for expansion of the aorta that can result in an aneurysm
  • PSV-appropriate flow of blood through arteries

Usually, you would not have this type of screening done unless you have already started to experience problems or after the fact of a heart attack or stroke.

Since I have been diagnosed with low risk hypertension and high cholesterol, in addition to my mother having a heart attack with a triple bypass in the past, I thought that it was enough history for me to get checked ahead of time.

Thankfully, my results were in the low risk areas. I do need to maintain a weekly exercise routine and continue to be compliant with healthy eating and taking my medications.

I encourage you to take advantage of community programs in your town that will supplement your insurance or take the place of it and give you a better understanding of what’s going on with your body.

Many community programs provide at the least:

  • Blood pressure checks
  • BMI
  • Pulse
  • Vision checks
  • Hearing checks
  • Dental checks for kids (some adults)
  • Diabetes checks and education
  • Some HIV testing
  • Some cholesterol testing
  • Some mammograms
  • Information about prescription assistance
  • Information about physician assistance

 

 

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