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Neurologist for Someone without Insurance??

Hi there,

I'm new to the site.  I am a 31 year old woman, I live in the Los Angeles/Long Beach area.  I am getting my Masters Degree in Social Work right now and am in my last year.  I also was diagnosed with Myoclonic Epilepsy when I was about 16.  I had a Gran Mal seizure and had about 4 smaller ones around that  time.  I have been on meds ever since and haven't had any major problems.  I take Topamax now that I usually get from family doctors, clinics, etc since I don't have insurance anymore.  However, for my current internship at the University I attend they are asking for me to get checked out by a Neurologist to possibly get hired there, per the Stipend I receive.  They are saying it could be a liability for me to transport clients, etc in the future if something "were to happen"... assuming they mean I have a seizure.  

does anyone know of any resources to see a Neurologist?  is it legal for them to base my employment on this?




Medical Assistance

If you Google “Hill-Burton Act” or go to you’ll find a gold mine of information about who qualifies, which facilities are obligated to provide free or reduced-cost health care and how to apply.  The Hill-Burton Hotline is 1-800-638-0742 or 1-800-492-0359 in Maryland. 

Below is a link for clinic listings where you can get: Help for medical or dental problems FREE…Help for just a nominal fee…Help for a small donation...Some clinics are for low-income people…and some only serve local community residents…

Just click on  to find the Free Medical Clinic or Free Dental Clinic in your state, nearest you… 

Pharmaceutical Patient Assistance Programs

  • Many pharmaceutical companies offer Patient Assistance Programs to those who cannot afford the cost of their medications but are ineligible for Medicaid due to their income.  Following is a list of each company’s contact information…
  • Banzel—Eisai Neurology Patient Assistance Program (1-866-694-2550)
  • Carbatrol—Shire Pharmaceuticals Carbatrol Patient Assistance Program (1-908-203-0657)
  • Depakene—Abbott Patient Assistance (1-800-222-6885)
  • Depakote, Depakote ER—Abbott Patient Assistance (1-800-222-6885)
  • Diastat Acudial Rectal Gel—Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Patient Assistance Program (1-800-511-2120)
  • Dilantin—Pfizer, Inc. — Connection to Care (1-800-707-8990)
  • Felbatol—Meda Pharmaceuticals Patient Assistance Program (1-800-678-4657)
  • Gabitral—CephalonCares Foundation Patient Assistance Program (1-877-237-4881)
  • HP Acthar Gel—Questcor Pharmaceuticals Acthar Gel Patient Assistance Program (1-888-435-2284)
  • Keppra, Keppra XR—UCB Patient Assistance Program (1-866-395-8366)
  • Lamictal, Lamictal XR—GlaxoSmithKline Bridges To Access (1-866-728-4368) *Advocate must pre-enroll patient
  • Lyrica—Pfizer, Inc. — Connection to Care (1-800-707-8990)
  • Mysoline—Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Patient Assistance Program (1-800-511-2120)
  • Neurontin—Pfizer, Inc. — Connection to Care (1-800-707-8990)
  • Phenobarbital—Xubex Patient Assistance Program (1-866-699-8239)
  • Sabril—Lundbeck’s SHARE Call Center 1-888-45-SHARE (1-888-457-4273)
  • Tegretol, Tegretol XR—Novartis Patient Assistance Program (1-800-277-2254)
  • Topamax—Janssen Ortho Patient Assistance Foundation (1-800-652-6227)
  • Tranxene—Lundbeck’s SHARE 1-888-45-SHARE (1-888-457-4273)
  • Trileptal—Novartis Patient Assistance Program (1-800-277-2254)
  • Vagus Nerve Stimulator—Cyberonics (1-800-332-1375 ext. 7493) or BJ Wilder Therapy Program
  • Vimpat—UCB Patient Assistance Program (1-866-395-8366)
  • Zarontin—Pfizer, Inc. –Connection to Care (1-800-707-8990)
  • Zonegran—Eisai Neurology Patient Assistance Program (1-866-694-2550)
  • Needy Meds—This website provides information on patient assistance programs available for each medication. Go to
  • Express Scripts Specialty Distribution Services Rx Outreach Medications—This provides discounts for some generic medications. (1-800-769-3880)
  • Xubex Pharmaceuticals Xubex Patient Assistance Program—This provides discounts for some generic medications. (1-866-699-8239) or
  • RX Hope—This website provides information on patient assistance programs available for each medication. Go to
  • PHRMA—This website provides information on patient assistance programs available for each medication. Go to
  • Together RX—This website provides information on patient assistance programs available for each medication. Go to
  • Veteran’s Affairs Veteran’s Benefits—This website provides information about benefits for veterans. Go to
  • Eli Lilly & Co—This website provides information about their patient assistance program and its eligibility requirements. Go to      Phylis Feiner Johnson
  • Thank you so much! I will try out this info!

    There are also some medical resources I came up with after a bit of searching:

    Free / Low-Cost Health Clinic Finder -- helps you find free or low-cost health clinics near your home. The National Association of Free Clinics -- volunteer-based, health care organizations that provide a range of medical, dental and pharmacy services to economically disadvantaged individuals who are predominately uninsured. Free U.S. Medical and Dental Clinics -- some clinics offer help for just a nominal fee or a small donation…others are for low-income and homeless people…and some only serve local community residents. Click on your state to find the clinics closest to you. 

    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Centers -- Federally-funded health centers provide medical care, even if you have no health insurance. You pay what you can afford, based on your income.  

    I hope this helps.     Phylis Feiner Johnson


    Health insurance is actually not needed by people with instant money to pay for hospital bills. So if you don't have any insurance it will not  hinder you from having an appointment with a Neurologist. Good for you, you have your money to pay for your medical bills but pity those who doesn't have a dollar budgeted for health care purposes. Indeed health is wealth but if there is no wealth, expect poor health. This is the best description that describe the true situation of people without health care insurance. Everybody deserves to be insured medically just like everybody needs to breathe but not all has given the chance to have an insurance.  A number of people lack health care benefits because of lack of insurance which is the result of high deductibles in wage. But don't lose your last hope because there are alternative types of health care coverage which is also referred to as consumer-driven medical care plans. Many elected administrators are pushing for more individuals to sign up for them, and the amount of individuals enrolled in alternative medical care programs is increasing. I found this here: More people enrolling in consumer-driven health plans.

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