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How to Pay for Medical Expenses When Chronically Ill

How to Pay for Medical Expenses When Chronically Ill | A Chronic Voice

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When you are chronically ill, it can feel like the world is crashing down. You have to face the possibility of saying goodbye to your loved ones, extensive hospital appointments and treatments, and the stress that the cost of necessary treatment will place upon you. Medical expenses in the USA are crazy expensive, so when you need constant care, you can wrack up an enormous bill. You don’t need the extra stress, so try some of these ways in which you can raise money to pay for your medical expenses when chronically ill.

Start a Fundraiser

The internet is a wonderful place full of generous and kind people who would love to help you out in your current situation. Websites like gofundme.com allow you to quickly and easily start a fundraising page for the surgery and medical expenses that you need. Once the page is created, it can be shared on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter where it has the possibility to go viral and quickly raise the needed expenses. You and your loved ones can also partake in traditional fundraisers to help towards the cost, such as bake sales or sponsored skydives.

Sell Unwanted Items

One of the best and most effective ways of making money for your medical expenses is by selling items that you either no longer want or need. If your illness means that you are no longer able to drive, or you simply don’t want to anymore, you can sell your car for a decent amount of money. Advertise your car locally or online to find a buyer, or you can contact a company that buys used cars for cash. Jewelry can be extremely expensive, and that’s why some people may resort to selling diamond rings in an attempt to raise money for their medical expenses. Find a local and trustworthy buyer to ensure that you are getting the full price that the jewelry is worth.

Rent Out a Room in Your Home

If have children that have flown the nest and are left with their empty bedrooms, why not rent one out to someone who needs a home? Plenty of young people need a place to stay while they are down on cash or away from home for studies, so you’ll be sure to find someone who needs a room, if only for a little while. You can also rent out more of your house if you are expecting to have a long stay in hospital or are staying with a friend or family whilst you are ill. Make sure that you don’t under or over charge your tenants by calculating how much rent you should be charging.

Ask for Help

If you’re struggling to pay your medical bills, it’s important to know that you’re never alone in your fight. It’s important to make sure that you aren’t isolating yourself during this difficult time, and that you know that your friends and family will always be there for you, even for financial support. There is no guarantee that they will help you out financially, but you may find that some people will be more than happy to lend you the money (if they have it) so that you can get the treatment you need and deserve to be happy and healthy once again. To your family members, your health is more important than cost.

Fighting a chronic illness is stressful and painful enough without the stress of ridiculously high medical bills. If you’re in a tight financial spot and find it hard to gather the money, try some of these tips to raise enough for the treatment you need to live a normal life.

This list is just a rough guide, and nothing in this review should be taken as medical advice. Always be sure to check with your doctor before you start on any new treatment or protocol.

Read More: Chronic Illness is Expensive, but Here’s the Real Reason Why

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2 comments

  • Seriously? This is the stupidest article I’ve ever read. None of these things work/are true. I’ve tried them all a million times. When you need a $1500 dr appt because everything covered by insurance was useless for five years and you feel like you are going to die, no friend or fundraiser is going to give you $1500, plus travel. Nor will they pay for the $700 of supplements the tells you will help, nor will they pay for another $1000 appt “6-8 weeks later” when you are told to follow up. What? Are your friends supposed to give up their Starbucks because you’d like to get your health back?

    Family who doesn’t believe in your illness, let alone care for chronic illnesses isn’t going to help. Not after they put down your diva habits of desiring you eat organic food.

    Rent out a room? If a person is really chronically ill and broke, there is nothing to rent out. They are lucky to have a room. And probably no storage space, and probably limited kitchen privileges, and probably zero control over their space, environment, smoke, EMFs, toxic cleaning supplies, because they are just so damn lucky someone gave them a cheap or free room.

    I could go on.

    But here’s the bottom line people;

    If you are broke, you die.

    If you don’t have a wealthy partner or family or wealthy network, you die. Your life sucks, you are put down, demeaned, victimized, while struggling and being ill and then die.

    Quit shoving sunshine up our asses, and just tell it like it is.

    And don’t tell me my attitude isn’t attracting the right stuff, because a good attitude, mensa intelligence, a long work history doesn’t put food on the table when you are unable to support yourself, and havent managed to manipulate anyone into doing so before they divorce you because you are too much of a drag.

    This is the country we live in. Every person who doesn’t help vulnerable people is culpable, and should feel ashamed. You are each one step away from this fate.

    • If you are a regular reader of my blog, you would know that I’m the least likely person to ‘shove sunshine up your ass’. If your purpose of reading this post was just to bash, then so be it. I wish you well and hope your life situation improves – just as I would wish for anyone else.

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