A free clinic is one that offers medical treatment for free or on a sliding scale depending on a patient's income. Generally these clinics will see patients for sick or injury visits as well as routine care for a chronic condition. Often the staff at free clinics is either made up of medical professionals in the community who volunteer their services, or the clinic has a full-time paid staff. Before you head off to your next destination, do some research and check to see if there is a clinic near where you'll be staying that you can visit. You can search for these clinics on the National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics
Wouldn’t it be great to see or talk to a doctor right from the privacy of your RV? With Telemedicine, you can do this! Telemedicine allows you to connect with a physician via the Internet or a mobile app on your phone or mobile device when making a visit to your doctor back home isn't an option, such as when you're across the country in your RV. Through Telemedicine, you can choose a provider and most of them offer very affordable care. You can call in if you're generally not feeling well (flu, pain, injury, etc.) or if you are experiencing symptoms of your chronic illness. For example, a Crohn’s patient who is experiencing the all-too-familiar feeling of a flair-up can call in to discuss having a prescription called in to a nearby pharmacy. In addition, information (photos, test results, etc.) can be shared confidentially via the phone call, email, or text, so the physician has a better understanding of your personal complications. No more hours spent sitting in a waiting room, no more waiting for a doctor who is running behind, and no having to get out of bed when you’re not feeling well! Click here for more information on Telemedicine
, such as how it works, plans available, and how to get started.
While there is generally no insurance that is accepted everywhere
, you can find ones that operate in multiple states. This means that as long as you find a doctor who is in network in that state to see, you’ll be covered. A couple of larger insurance companies that have multi-state plans include Blue Cross Blue Shield and Humana. Head over to the HealthCare.gov
site to see what kinds of plans are offered. Just be sure to read the plan thoroughly before selecting it. Just because it says “Multi-State” doesn’t necessarily mean it will offer coverage everywhere. Buyer beware!