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Q  If I am uninsured, do I pay the hospital’s charges?
A That depends. If you are a earning a yearly salary that would support health coverage, then you could be expected to pay the full charge. If your annual earnings are low you may qualify for a sliding-fee or discounted-fee schedule to help pay your healthcare bills. Most hospitals have financial assistance and charity care policies that can be found on their websites. You can also contact the hospital directly and ask them for information on their financial assistance and charity care policies. (Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. “NHSC Sliding Fee Discount Program Information Page.” March, 2015. http://nhsc.hrsa.gov/downloads/discountfeeschedule.pdf.)

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