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9 Money-Saving Tips for People with Psoriasis and No Health Insurance

By Leah Campbell
Reviewed by Allison Truong, M.D.
October 17, 2022

One of the unfortunate truths about having a chronic illness in America is that paying for treatment can be incredibly expensive—especially if you don’t have health insurance. You know you need to keep your condition under control, and you deserve to live your life free from the discomfort and frustration that untreated psoriasis may cause. But it can be overwhelming trying to figure out just where the money to pay for all the treatments will come from. Thankfully, there are options available.

Find a Free Clinic

Dermatologists want to help patients. They’re aware of the challenges uninsured patients face and have options available for overcoming those challenges. And so, many dermatologists volunteer their time to work at local free clinics. These clinics treat patients who have no health insurance and often will help patients apply for health insurance if they meet certain financial qualifications. Some of these free clinics also perform skin biopsies and have laboratories and in-house pharmacies making it easy for patients to get all the necessary diagnostic tests and medications before they leave the office.

These free clinics are not always advertised but they are out there, often near academic medical centers. There are several online databases you can search to find one, including The National Association of Free & Charitable Clinics, PhRMA’s Medicine Assistance Tool, HRSA’s Find a Health Center tool, and NeedyMeds.org.