From Donalsonville, Georgia, USA:
If I can't afford to see a doctor, are there ways to get testing for diabetes through public assistance?
I assume that the problem is that you think that you might have developed diabetes and want to arrange a fasting blood sugar test to see if the level is above 125 mg/dl (6.9 mmol). Probably the quickest way to set your mind at rest, would be to ask a friend or relative, who has diabetes and who is monitoring blood sugars, to test you. If you do this though, you have to realise that this is a short cut that is prone to errors.
If you are under 18, you could apply through your nearest Social Service office for Medicaid, and, failing that, the best plan would be to call the nearest office of the American Diabetes Association to find out if they have or are likely to have a screening program in your area. If you become really sick, however, you will need to resort to the Emergency Room at your nearest hospital.
Additional comments from Dr. Stuart Brink:You can check with the local hospital or medical school since they either run or know about diabetes care that would be very inexpensive or free. If you qualify for governmental assistance, then diabetes testing and treatment may also be covered. The local or state diabetes association, chapter of the American Diabetes Association or the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation may also be of some help to you.
Original posting 28 Sep 2000
Posted to Social Issues: Community Resources
Last Updated: Tuesday April 06, 2010 15:09:12
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