TAKE CHARGE THURSDAY: Healthcare options in Michiana

Thursday is Take Charge Thursday, and the focus is on health care. It's a growing concern across the country, with around 43 million people unsure where to look for help if they have little or no insurance.

Without a primary care physician, bills for the emergency room can be high, plus there are usually long waiting periods.That's why finding a doctor and medical home is important, according to those at the Memorial Neighborhood Health Center.

Low-cost clinics are available across Michiana. In addition to services at Memorial Hospital, facilities like Indiana Health Center, Health Link in Mishawaka, Bendix Family Medicine and Health City in Elkhart all offer low-cost services to patients. Even if you don't qualify for state or federally funded health care programs, low cost clinics provide a sliding fee scale and help from a financial advisor.

United Way also offers a 24-hour 2-1-1 Help Line.

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