Twenty-six-year-old Margie put off getting a lump checked out after she found out her Medicaid had been canceled. She had three children and felt she could not afford to pay for private care. So, she kept her worries to herself, even as her situation grew progressively worse over the next few months. She lost 20 pounds due to her ill health, but could not figure out how to get her Medicaid re-instated.
But then she heard that her former doctor, Dr. Oliver, was now seeing patients at Family Healthcare Clinic, a United Way agency. Margie immediately made an appointment, and thanks to Access to Care, a program that receives United Way funding, she paid only $40 for the visit.
Family Healthcare Clinic diagnosed Margie with cancer, so the staff helped Margie get back on Medicaid, then referred her to the Oklahoma Cancer Center. She is undergoing treatment and has been connected with other helpful organizations, including Hopestone Cancer Support Center in Bartlesville.
“Each new day at Family Healthcare clinic brings patients in for care who, if they had not learned of our quality, affordable services, would otherwise put off getting the needed care until they were in a medical emergency,” Family Healthcare Clinic Executive Director Patty Leach said. “Or they would have been in the position of having to jeopardize their family’s financial situation in order to pay a much higher rate to receive the medical care they desperately need.”
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