Care providers guide available
The Allegheny County Health Department has updated and expanded its directory of local health centers and clinics that serve people with minimal or no health insurance.
The directory has been expanded to include an improved listing of dental services as well as other resources such as the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank, Ways to Work and Gilda's Club, which offers free support groups and programs for those living with cancer and their loved ones.
First published in 2007, the directory is intended primarily for social service agencies and other community organizations dealing with the uninsured, but individuals also may find it useful as a handy guide to health care providers and social service agencies.
Most of the providers listed in the directory use a sliding fee schedule based on household income and family size for patients with no insurance. The fees may be as little as $25 or less and possibly even waived in cases of extreme financial hardship.
The directory is available on the Allegheny County Health Department web site, under Timely Topics, at http://www.achd.net, or by calling 412-687-ACHD.