Tuesday, May 16, 2006

I haven't found much in the way of financial aid organizations in the US. Seems the best available advice I've found so far is to ask your doctor/hospital to speak with a social worker about financial aid through the hospital's own financial department. Most hospitals offer a service for under-insured patients with over due medical bills, but won't necessarily make that information readily available.

The thing I need to do to start, it seems, is compile a list of the leading hospitals in each state. Then I can call them each (haha the wonders of Time Warner's digital phone service and completely free long distance!) and get the contact information for their financial aid departments.

I don't suppose you'd each leave the name of the hospitals where your children were seen and treated? That would at least give me a place to start.

Mayo Clinic Scotsdale/Phoenix
Patient Financial Services (480) 301-7033
or toll-free (800) 603-0558
Mayo Clinic Financial Statement (PDF)

Mayo Clinic at Jacksonville
Patient Financial Services
4500 San Pablo Road
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Telephone Number:
(904) 953-7058

St. Luke's Children's Hospital
190 E. Bannock St.
Boise, Idaho 83712
Financial Services
Boise/Meridian: (208) 706-2333
Sun Valley Area: 800-244-7307

Kosair Childrens Hospital
231 E. Chestnut St.
Louisville KY 40202
Financial Counselors 502-629-8281
Billing & Financial Information

C.S. Mott Children's Hospital
Guest Assistant Program (GAP Office)
Room 2B203 University Hospital
1500 East Medical Center Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0718
Phone: 734-764-6893
Fax: 734-763-9950

Mayo Clinic Rochester
Mayo Clinic Financial Statement form (PDF)
Patient Account Services at (507) 266-5670

Children's Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, MO
Patient Billing Services: (816) 234-3571
Financial Assistance Application.
Here are a couple of additional links for residents of Kansas and Missouri.
Missouri's MC+ Health Insurance Program
Kansas Health Wave Insurance Program

North Carolina:
Carolina's Medical Center (Carolina's Health Care System)
1000 Blythe Boulevard
Charlotte, NC 28203
Financial Counseling
Customer Service: 704-512-7000

South Dakota
Sioux Valley Children's Hospital at Sioux Falls, SD
Child Care Help Line

Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
Financial/Billing Information
Mailing Address
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
PO Box 1997
Milwaukee, WI 53201-1997
Street Address
Children's Hospital of Wisconsin
9000 W. Wisconsin Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Billing Office (414) 456-4511 or 1-800-242-1649

In the meantime, I have found some general financial aid opportunities for folks in England. Nothing is CHD specific, but some would be of some help with medical expenses for families dealing with economic hardship and/or chronic medical problems for which CHDs would seem to qualify.

Financial aid

These charities and organizations may be able to provide grants. You will need to contact them directly for further information.

Children's Heart Federation
Reg charity no: 800525
Helpline: 0808 808 5000
Web: www.childrens-heart-fed.org.uk

Eligibility: most services are open to all families of heart children – they provide family support grants

The Attlee Foundation
Attlee House
28 Commercial Street
E1 6LR
Tel: 020-7377-5836
Fax: 020-7377-5831
Web: www.attlee.org.uk

Eligibility: disabled and disadvantaged people of all ages and occupations on low incomes who need travel expenses for therapeutic reasons, i.e. hospital visits. Direct applications are not accepted - a sponsoring agent, for example the CAB, must be used.

The Alfred de Rothschild Charity
57 Elm Park Mansions
Park Walk

Eligibility: To make medical treatment more accessible, especially treatment of a special nature to persons of moderate or insufficient means

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