But, I’m Broke And I Don’t Have Insurance
It doesn’t mean you can’t get medical help when you need it. There are options for the working poor and working musicians (who sometimes tend to be poor) in the GNO area and around the rest of the country.
In New Orleans
If you live in the NOLA area and you’re a working musician you can go to the New Orleans Musician’s Clinic (NOMC) Located at: 2820 Napoleon Avenue, Suite 890, New Orleans, LA 70115, Phone: (504) 412-1366. The NOMC has specific requirements that patients must meet in order to receive services and there are many musicians who might not qualify. Never Fear, there are still options for you.
If you aren’t a musician or you are and don’t quite meet NOMC criteria you can try the Daughters of Charity Health Center. Three locations: Uptown Health Center, 3201 S Carrollton Ave, New Orleans, LA 70118 (504) 207-3060 Metairie Health Center, 111 N Causeway Blvd, Metairie, LA 70001 (504) 482-0084 and Bywater Health Center, 1030 Lesseps St, New Orleans, LA 70117 (504) 941-6041
You can also try one more place that I just found out about: The St. Thomas Community Health Center at 1020 Saint Andrew Street New Orleans, LA 70130 (504)529-5558. They provide preventive care, pediatrics, eye care and selected specialty care.
Don’t Live In New Orleans?
Not everyone lives in New Orleans, though I’m sure many people wish they did (except during hurricane season, maybe). So, for those of you in other parts of the country, try out a Walgreens Take Care Clinic. They provide a low cost option for walk-in, non-emergency care, checkups and immunizations. You have to check their website to find the Clinic nearest you (not every store has one).
If all else fails, you can check the department of Health and Human Services Find a Health Center site. Use their search feature to find a low-cost health center near you. The most important thing is that you get medical care when you need it. Of course, getting preventive care is even better…just sayin’. Take care of yourself and stay healthy, ya heard?