Going to the doctor’s office is a loathsome experience for anyone, but the burden is compounded when you’re struggling financially.
With costly insurance often a gateway to adequate health services, low-income individuals and families are often left asking whether their health — or their child’s health — is worth the financial strain. It’s a terrible question to even have to entertain, but an inescapable reality for many.
According to the latest data available from the Census Bureau, about 10% of the U.S. population — or 33 million people — remained uninsured as of 2014. Most are low-income, unable to afford access to costly plans along with their regular essential spending.
Though the health care system needs an overhaul toward greater economic accessibility, many low-income individuals and families can’t wait until their health takes priority over their bank account. That’s when temporary fixes become essential.