Resources for Self-Pay Patients
How to Get Insurance
For New York State residents: NY State of Health is the health insurance exchange for New York state. Both private and Medicaid plans enroll via the site. Available in Spanish - see upper right corner for other languages.
For non-residents: Healthcare.gov can redirect to the appropriate exchange. Note that undocumented patients are not currently eligible for Medicaid.
Getting Medications for Your Self-Pay Patients
America's Pharmacy - Negotiated prices on medications; similar to GoodRx with which you may be familiar, but actually lists local pharmacies rather than just national chains. Search for a given medicine to see which local pharmacy has it cheapest and help your patients out.
GoodRx - Shop around for the cheapest price on medications. Some pharmacy-specific coupons available. Check prices before prescribing and send patients to specific pharmacies as needed.
Discount Retail Generic Programs: Note these MAY require the patient to sign up for a discount program at the pharmacy (e.g. Walgreens Prescription Savings Program).
- Walgreens - They're everywhere, and have a wide variety of value-priced meds. Sign up here.
- Target Pharmacy $4 dollar generics - Several of these in northern Manhattan and the Bronx.
- Kmart Pharmacy (90 days for $15 dollars) - Yes, there are still a few Kmarts in downtown Manhattan.
- Walgreen Pharmacy similar to above (several locations in Bronx and Manhattan)
- Walmart Pharmacy $4 dollar generics - Closest out in New Jersey.
Getting Cancer Screening for Your Self-Pay Patients
Colonoscopy – Free colonoscopies via HHC partners.
FOBT – Order as usual, free with cost of visit to AIM self-pay patients.
Mammo – Call Avon Foundation Breast Imaging Center 212-851-4516, part of NYP/ACNC.
Pap – Refer to AIM Pap Clinic.
Getting Subspecialty Care for Your Self-Pay Patients
Most internal medicine subspecialty clinics at CUIMC have a sliding scale fee for seeing patients without insurance. However, for patients without insurance in need of ongoing specialty care, procedures, or surgery, referral to New York Health and Hospitals is the most appropriate course of action.
List of Locations - Patients should call 1-844-NYC-4NYC for appointments.