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Financial Barriers to Medical Care
Helping Uninsured and Underinsured Patients Pay for Their Treatment

Increasingly more patients have trouble paying for their medical care, either because they have no insurance; too little insurance, or a very high deductible. Physicians can learn about ways to help patients afford the treatment and medications they need; how to have conversations with patients about money issues and medical costs, and also how physicians can get paid for their own services. This course will cover:

  • Who are the uninsured and underinsured patients?
  • Challenges that uninsured and underinsured patients face.
  • How to get paid by patients with financial difficulties.
  • Having difficult conversations about costs of various treatments and medications.
  • Helping patients who can't afford their medications.
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5 CHAPTERS
Who Are the Uninsured and Underinsured?
Paying for medical treatment has become more difficult for many patients, even those who have insurance. Here's why you're now more likely to have patients who can't pay.
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The Challenges of Uninsured and Underinsured Patients
Uninsured patients are more likely to forgo medical care, to be sicker, to be nonadherent, and to receive abbreviated treatment. What can be done?
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Billing Uninsured and Underinsured Patients
Many uninsured and underinsured patients can't afford the full cost of care. Here's how to best deal with that situation.
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How to Talk With Patients About Payment Issues
Conversations about paying for tests, procedures, consultations, and other medical necessities are often difficult for doctors and patients. Here's how to start that conversation and provide advice.
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How to Help Patients Who Can't Afford Medications
Steep out-of-pocket costs can result in uninsured and underinsured patients not filling prescriptions, putting their health — and your treatment plan — at risk.
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AUTHORS
John Dickens, MD/MBA Student
University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky
In K. Kim, MD, MBA
Executive Vice Chair and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky
Beth A. Spurlin, MD, PhD, MBA
Pediatric Emergency Medicine, University of Louisville School of Medicine, Louisville, Kentucky
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