Times are tough, and if you’re uninsured with bipolar disorder, finding and paying for treatment and medication can seem like an insurmountable challenge. In Bipolar Disorder for Dummies, we offer some suggestions on how to access more affordable mental healthcare assistance, including seeking treatment at community or county mental health clinics or University medical centers. Other community resources such as churches, religious organizations, or support groups such as NAMI and DBSA can help you locate affordable care. Following are some suggestions on where to turn for help when you can’t afford your prescription medications:
Prescription assistance programs usually require a doctor’s consent and proof of financial hardship. To be eligible, you must be without health insurance or have no prescription drug benefit through your insurance company. Carefully review the eligibility requirements before applying, so you don’t waste loads of time trying to pursue an option that’s unavailable.
If you’ve tried any of these or other prescription assistance programs or have additional suggestions to offer, please share your experiences and insights.
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From Psych Central's website:
PsychCentral (February 17, 2009)
Treatment For Bipolar Disorder (March 14, 2009)
From Psych Central's Dr. Candida Fink & Joe Kraynak:
Where to Get Help for Bipolar Disorder When You Can't Afford a Doctor | Bipolar Beat | Candida Fink, MD | Bipolar Beat (July 30, 2010)
Last reviewed: 17 Feb 2009