Friday, October 16, 2009

Refusing services based upon inability to pay

We had a woman call the W.O.R.T.H. clinic just a few minutes ago, she was treated for chlamydia and went to the Floyd County Health Dep't with her partner so he could be treated. Chlamydia is an epidemic in Georgia, and can lead to ectopic pregnancies, PID, infertility and increases the risk that an exposed person will contract HIV. It is imperative to treat sexual contacts, but the health department refused to see this man until he paid $100.00 upfront. The health dept referred the couple to W.O.R.T.H., but we can't help them because public health has refused us a submission number to submit labs to the state labs.


Amarinthia said...

$100.00 upfront? This would be difficlut for me to pay at a moments notice and I have a pretty decent job and low expenses. The health department is supposed to be low cost health care!

At least you are getting referrals from them...but it's ridiculous that your ability to provide a needed service is being limited.

Marilyn said...

Amarinthia: I'm starting an my "Interpretation Series" and we are asking every patient to call their Floyd County and Rome City Commissioners if they experience any problems obtaining women's health care.