How do I find effective low-cost health care in the Dallas area?

  • by Drew
  • Aug 09,2018
  • 6 answers

I have numerous health problems including severe back problems and severe digestive problems.
I am a veteran. The VA has been unable to help and has sent me several massive bills, proving that they lied about offering free health care. But my veteran status disqualifies me from other low-cost health care options. I have no health insurance, just a bit of money left, and no one to help me.
I am 33, unemployed, white, straight, male, non-combat veteran, and living in Dallas suburbs. So I am not in any conventional "sympathy demographic" that would warrant charity.
After endless medical tests, no doctor has been able to prove any of my health problems, so I also do not qualify for any sort of disability from any employer or the government. My own parents are wealthy but are religious faith-healer believers so they refuse to help me with medical problems.
Where can I find an effective affordable medical professional in the Dallas area that can help me?
Thank you very much for any help.


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A Hunch 4 days ago

There is nothing in your note that would indicate your were eligible for "free" health care from the VA hospital.
Based on the information you have provided, you are either a priority 7 or 8 in terms of eligibility of health care treatment by the VA.
Medical treatment is not about "proving" your health problems.
What have you done to counteract your problems. Do you follow a diet for people with digestive problems? Do you participate in aqua aerobics, pilates, or yoga for your back problems?
Under any circumstances, it is unlikely that there is a miracle cure for your problems that doesn't require you to do life style activities.

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David 14 6 days ago

If you're a veteran the local VA hospital is a good start. The bills could be mistakes, you know.

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mbrcatz 6 days ago

You're asking about health CARE, not health INSURANCE. To find low cost health CARE, look to your county health department, and see waht low-cost cash clinics they run. Then you'll have to go there for your health CARE. Being a veteran doesn't keep you from going to local health clinics.
I strongly suspect you are asking about health INSURANCE rather than health CARE. But, bad news. Thanks to Obamacare, even though the mandate isn't in effect any longer, insurance policies are really expensive and have really high deductibles. Your best bet, if you're talking about INSURANCE, is to fight it out with the VA to see why you are being billed for VA medical services.

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StephenWeinstein 6 days ago

You don't. About half the cost of healthcare in the U.S. is the cost of being in the U.S. when you get it, not the cost of the healthcare. To find effective low-case healthcare, or even ineffective low-cost healthcare, you go to another country. Normally, this means going by airplane, but since you're already in Texas, you might be able to just drive to Mexico, but you'll have to do some research to find out whether you can find safe and effective healthcare there. The water isn't safe there, so get hepatitis and typhoid vaccines before you go.

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Flower 6 days ago

The VA is free if you are under a certain annual income. You can still go to any county or city clinic and pay a fee to see someone. You can buy health insurance on your state or federal insurance exchange set up by the ACA in 2011. Or, get a job that has an employer health plan.

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Casey Y 6 days ago

Check local clinics, but do you have a job?? The easiest way to obtain health insurance in this country is through your employer, not saying you are lazy or anything, just that's the easiest way to get health insurance....
Now, chronic pain management is a tricky issue. Sounds like they cannot figure out the actual problem, despite testing. As such, that just may need to be pain you deal with.
I wouldn't normally make the suggestion, but have you tried alternative medicine? I know people with severe back problems, a chiropractor and/or an acupuncturist can be a life saver. Try them both, see what works for you. A buddy was a week away from back surgery (which is horrible in the long run for someone under 50) and decided to give a chiropractor a shot. He never had the surgery and was pain free around 5-6 months later. Personally, I think they are a half step from those faith healers, but his turnaround was phenomenal...

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