U.S. doctors online nowAsk doctors free
A 48-year-old member asked:

What does an american without health insurance do if his child has cancer or another serious disease?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 56 years experience
Still get treatments: If proved to be poor, and have no financial resources, medicaid and lots of charitable medical facilities are always available, this is what the health care reform is about, every one will have health care insurance, and prevent people to put money in the mat and place the burden on the health care system, virtual destruction of hospitals are due uninsured people walking in with grave problems.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 49 years experience
SCHIP: Each state has provision for healthcare for children under chip, children's health insurance program, supported by medicaid. Contacting the state office of health would be a starting point for the search for treatment.
Dr. James Ball
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 19 years experience
Still treat: Hospitals will treat children with cancer regardless of the inability to pay. Additionally, social workers are great at finding insurance for families of children with cancer. Bottom line: get to a doctor, even an emergency room, and don't worry about the costs.

90,000 U.S. doctors in 147 specialties are here to answer your questions or offer you advice, prescriptions, and more. Get help now:

Ask doctors free
Educational text
Talk to a doctor
24/7 visits - just $39!
50% off with $15/month membership
Last updated Aug 13, 2017


Content on HealthTap (including answers) should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, and interactions on HealthTap do not create a doctor-patient relationship. Never disregard or delay professional medical advice in person because of anything on HealthTap. Call your doctor or 911 if you think you may have a medical emergency.