How to Find Free Health Clinics

If you cannot afford to pay for quality health care, then why pay at all? Lower income families can often qualify for care through free health clinics. Even moderate income households may qualify for reduced cost healthcare through a charitable provider.

Many free health clinics are funded by local governments and private foundations through grant programs. Some pay full-time physicians while others benefit from doctors who regularly donate time to the clinics.

For example, Wake Health Services operates community health centers in Raleigh, Apex, Fuquay-Varina, Louisburg and New Bern, North Carolina. They provide over $4 million in free prescriptions, medical care and dental care each year to families who cannot afford the high cost of care. They receive federal funding, local grants, medicare and medicaid reimbursements, and some patient payments for those who earn higher incomes (sliding scale).

Instead of going to the emergency room for a relatively minor incident, you can avoid racking up hundreds or thousands of dollars in medical bills by taking advantage of the free healthcare clinics that already serve people just like you (Note: you should still call 911 or go to the emergency room for true medical emergencies). Non-emergencies such as toothaches, common colds, viruses and other minor healthcare needs can normally be handled by a free healthcare clinic.

There is no set income limit for care through free health clinics. Each clinic sets its own qualification guidelines. Those who receive substantial government funding may have little control over who may qualify. Others that rely mostly on charitable contributions of time and donations may have more relaxed qualification guidelines. For more information about the qualifications of a clinic near you, you should contact them directly or visit their website.

Debtors Unite understands that healthcare costs can easily spiral out of control. You should not deny yourself the type of medical care that you deserve simply because you cannot afford to pay the high costs charged by many hospitals and doctors. Find a local free health clinic to take care of your medical or dental needs today. That way, you can avoid the fees and headaches caused by an avoidable trip to the emergency room.

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Kenneth Long

President at Debtors Unite
Kenneth Long is President of Debtors Unite, Inc. as well as President and Vice Chairman for Vision Credit Education, Inc. He served as a regional coordinator for the North Carolina Saves campaign. Long co-founded the Wake EITC Coalition along with Family Resource Center of Raleigh.

Long is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Industrial Relations. He subsequently received his Certificate in Nonprofit Management from Duke University. His Certificate in Financial Planning was issued by Florida State University.

Long has achieved the Accredited Credit Counselor and Accredited Financial Counselor certifications through the Association for Financial Counseling, Planning and Education. Long originally achieved the Certified Credit Counselor designation through the National Institute for Financial Education.

In addition to years of nonprofit leadership, Long has been an innovator in the field of volunteer tax return preparation programs. He assists volunteer associations and nonprofit organizations who seek to integrate credit counseling and asset-building programs with free personal income tax preparation. His approach to using free credit reports as both an incentive and a screening tool for placement into asset-building programs has been shared with members of the National Community Tax Coalition, the EITC-Carolinas Initiative of MDC, Inc. and nonprofit groups across the Carolinas.

Long assists members of our armed forces in the Carolinas, Iowa, Rhode Island, Georgia and Germany with financial readiness. Please support our Soldiers, Marines, Airmen and Sailors!

Favorite quote:

"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

Thomas Jefferson
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