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.