(Closed) torn on free care… what would you do.

posted 6 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
5096 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@globalmargaret:  You are not a horrible person. It is up to them to set their criteria – if they wanted to exclude you, they could have. since they didn’t, do it! Eye care is important!

Post # 4
7431 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I think if there is no appt set, it would be totally fine. You aren’t taking time away from someone else, since their time was already free

Post # 5
10573 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

I say go for it, you can’t afford the entire cost for you otherwise.  If you feel guilty about it, donate some money to something related.

Post # 6
576 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

You technically need the free care since you haven’t been able to be seen in years due to the cost of the flight. I would do it.

Post # 7
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

They have the appointment time, I say go for it. If you really want to, maybe ask if you can make a donation to help their cause. : )

Post # 8
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t see an issue with it. If you’re feeling super guilty maybe see if you can be wait listed for appointments that don’t get taken or on standby for cancellations/no shows. 

Post # 9
1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I think it’s okay to do it. The reason they offer the free treatment is to help people who couldn’t otherwise afford it, which you can’t due to the flight required.

Post # 10
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with PP. You won’t be taking time away from someone more needy, and you can make a donation to absolve your conscience.

Post # 11
2233 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I think it’s totally fine. I don’t think it’s fair to you to be excluded from the clinic that is there just because you’re not a certain demographic. 

Post # 12
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I agree with everyone. You should do it, and you shouldn’t have to pay $600 just in travel costs to get care.


Post # 13
7771 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

That is a tough one.  I know you have posted about how they can refuse to see you before.  That is a difficult situation.  If it were me, I would probably wait, unless it is a life-threatening, or emergency, since you do have a good job.  I really like you though 🙂  I just wanted to be honest.  If you do end up seeing them, it is not entirely your fault, because you are basically being discriminated against- not by $ like the people are that need to seek free help, rather by ethnicity.  So, what are you suposed to do?  Either go free or wait… that stinks that they can refuse to see you!

Post # 14
5547 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

Yeah… having to pay $600 for an eye appointment is grounds to me to seek the free clinic. It seems insane to me that there isn’t SOMETHING in your town you can do. Wow. I thought I lived in the boonies! But seriously, especially if they have a whole day of free appointments, I don’t see a reason not to. Obviously there could be other people who need it, but if there are times avaliable, then go ahead. 

Post # 15
1077 posts
Bumble bee

@globalmargaret:  I think you should take the appt. You need it and they’re available. If you really want to be sure you aren’t “taking time” from someone who needs it more you could always ask them to put you on a waitlist and just come in when an appt. falls through that they wouldn’t have time to fill anyway. I don’t think that’s neccesary, but if you really feel weird about it it’s worth a thought.

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