Accessing healthcare

Full Disclosure: Out of pocket costs as side effects

This article, in the New England Journal of Medicine, offers a useful perspective related to the costs of medical treatments, especially for patients that have limited income, as many torture survivors do after arriving in the U.S.  Many torture survivors arrive in the U.S. with injuries they incurred during torture and were unable to obtain medical care for in their home countries.  Most torture survivors who are seeking asylum in the U.S. are not eligible for health insurance as they go through the asylum process in an attempt to obtain legal immigration status and safety.

Holes in the Safety Net - Legal Immigrants' Access to Health Insurance

Wendy E. Parmet, J.D. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine 2013; 369:596-598August 15, 2013DOI: 10.1056/NEJMp1306637

Over 12 million immigrants are lawfully present in the United States, yet face similar barriers as undocumented immigrants face. Legal immigrants can be legal permanent residents (green card holders), refugees, asylum seekers, and others. This article examines the reasons why legal immigrants have such low rates of health insurance, including the sectors they work in as well as linguistic and cultural barriers.

Medications and Torture Survivors: Cost Saving Strategies to Obtain Psychotropic Medications

Wednesday, 01 April 2009

Note: this webinar was current advice as of 2009. Please check details as medication recommendations do change frequently.

Websites

Searchable, easy to use sites for correct forms to apply for specific medication or medications:

http://www.rxassist.org/

http://www.pparx.org/Intro.php


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