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More tales of free health services

November 8th, 2010 at 12:46 pm

So I had to get my lady checkup today-- the army requires it, and it's mandatory to get my prescriptions refilled every year. But because it's been a year, Planned Parenthood had to reassess my financial standing.

Hot diggity, I qualify for donation-based care.

It makes me both happy and sad. Happy, of course, because that means less money out of my pocket. Sad because it means I'm really darn poor. lol.

I gave them a $50 donation-- which is MUCH less than I would have paid for the exam and 3 month supply of my prescription. I think last year I paid $80 for the exam, and 3 months of pills for me usually runs $36. I figure every three months I'll give them a $10-15 donation and call it even. How exciting!

Last month I had to get a dental check-up for the military, and the hygienists gave me a free cleaning-- very exciting for someone who hasn't seen a dentist in prob 2 years. Let's hope the free health services train keeps rolling!

I think the only other thing I need to do soon is get a new pair of glasses. I heard walmart does exams for very affordable prices, and a friend of mine grabbed a few pairs online for next to nothing and loved them. I think I may have to go that route. If I could get a new pair under $100 with the exam, I will be thrilled. Guess we'll see how things go!

Alrighty, back to work for me. Just had to share the happy but bittersweet news. lol.

7 Responses to “More tales of free health services”

  1. baselle Says:

    It is bittersweet, but please remember that those services are there to help people out; you are a person; you are worthy of being helped. The takehome message is for the future - years later, when you are rich (or settled) to keep some feelings of empathy about the situation as you hear about others being helped.

    Thank you for your service, btw. Smile

  2. crazyliblady Says:

    Since you are currently a student, why not check whether your university has a student health center? At every university I have worked at or attended, the student fees paid for being able to use services at the student health center. Sometimes, you may have to pay a little something for certain services, like drugs, though.

  3. anon-y-mouse Says:

    If the military requires these things why don't they pay for it?

  4. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Like Liblady says, check out your university health center. I'll be getting my 6-month checkup for thyroid at about a 1/3 of my doctor's "cash discount" price.

  5. pjmama Says:

    My University does have a health clinic, which I've visited a few times in the last couple years (INCREDIBLY cheap antibiotics are fantastic). I'm hoping whatever graduate school I head to in the fall gives the same sort of benefits... I graduate this spring!

  6. Jerry Says:

    I really miss the dental insurance through the military, and it is great that you can find the care that you need to stay healthy. I agree that university health care can be a great boon for students and leads to a lot of savings. I study at a medical university and have even had my professors offer me care for free in the past, when I was ill. It's not a bad life being a student, sometimes!

  7. Jerry Says:

    Oh, and sorry for the double post, but I forgot to mention that you are on the right track with your glasses idea. I have found some awesome, very nice frames on eBay or other places in the past (be careful who you buy from, though)... and then Walmart or Costco optical has done the lenses for cheap, even without insurance. Of course, I have a simple Rx that doesn't lead to insane costs for the lenses, but still, it's a savings. Good luck!

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