How To Be Broke & Medicated

Artist: Robin Mead

Medications, supplements & lab tests. If you can’t afford the treatment you need, don’t give up hope just yet. Try these things first.

Some of these programs require low-income. Some do not. And some think “low-income” means “less than $75,000 per year.”

Rest assured, these programs do work. How a Bunch of Different People Got a Bunch of Different Meds Real Cheap. If these folks can do it, you can do it too!

Local Programs

  • Try contacting low-income healthcare programs in your area and inquire about prescription assistance. Make sure to check all types of programs: clinics, centers, and hospital financial aid programs.
  • You can also try asking your doctor if they can prescribe a cheaper medication, or one that is covered by your health insurance.

State Programs

National Programs

  • NeedyMeds – Check here first
  • RxAssist – database of patient assistance programs
  • Rx Outreach – over 400 free or discounted medications
  • RX Access provides savings to low income people
  • RxHope your doctor, nurse or caseworker will fill out a form
  • Patientservices – Good program for certain expensive medications.


Buying Drugs from other Countries

Medicaid – Try again!

Lab Tests

  • Direct-Access Testing – Save money if paying out-of-pocket.
  • Some laboratories have financial aid programs that will allow you to get bloodwork and other tests for free! Here’s an example of one from Quest Labs.

Doctors Visits

Co-Payments & Premiums

Lyme Disease

Special Food Stamps Regs

  • Special Regs – If you are disabled and have medical expenses, your food stamps can go up. This is a roundabout way of getting more money to afford meds.

Help Navigating All of This

Be Less Broke

Tips from Readers:

“Most subsidized housing programs will take into account out-of-pocket medical expenses when calculating your rent. I was able to get my doctor to write all my supplements and HEPA air purifier on a prescription pad and my apartment manager considered those legitimate medical expenses. In most states, medical expenses are also used to calculate food stamps. So if your doctor thinks you need something get them to write it down for you.”

“You do not have to be really poor to qualify for some of these programs. Some programs consider you low income if you make less than $75,000 per year”

“I know several people who depend on Free Prescription Discount Cards for their medications. The amount of discounts vary greatly depending on the type of card, the pharmacy you use and the medication. Look for Free Prescription Discount Cards. This is different than paid prescription card memberships.”

“Do not pay anyone for info on free or low cost meds or medical care. There are some sites that charge for this info. You do not have to have someone else find this info. The same info is available to you that is available to the people that charge for this info.”

“When you apply for a program, it can take a few weeks for everything to get started so you shouldn’t wait until you’re almost out of your current prescription.”

“Some pharmacies have home delivery services. If you are too sick to pick-up your medications, your local taxi company will often pick-up and deliver your medication for a fixed cost.”

3 thoughts on “How To Be Broke & Medicated”

    1. I’m back. Which links are not working for you? The two links for “supplements” seem to be working for me. Do they not work for you? Or do you mean something else? Thank you. ❤


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