How do you manage? I was diagnosed at 15 with RA. I haven't seen a doctor about it since I was 19 (currently 24) Believe me, I have tried. It is so depressing feeling this way, being in CONSTANT, sometimes debilitating pain and knowing there is a medication that could help me find remission & I simply just don't have access to it.
Do you have a free clinic in your town that is connected to free prescriptions? It is worth a try, sometimes the free clinics have a social worker to help find insurance or some help.
If u live at home or are a student, at age 24 u can still be put on ur parent(s) insurance plan.
If u on ur own and qualify disability wise or chronic illness wise and income wise...u can go on Medicaid. Worst case, a rheumatologist apt and labs out of pocket costs around $900, and some clinics may offer payment plans. Many DMARDS are generic and with a free Good Rx discount card are thus not real expensive.
I’m not minimizing the difficulties one may have paying for medical care....but ones health is the greatest gift one has in this life, and all options and sacrifices made to ensure a long, pain free life should be investigated and considered.
Yup, I get free Enbrel....doesnt get much better than that....all u gotta do is call. Good luck.