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Old 12-27-2019, 07:26 AM
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I am 61 and want to move to The Villages. I am healthy but take blood pressure meds. I have no insurance but need my blood pressure meds refilled. How do I find a doctor to do this? I need the prescription given to me so I can mail it to get it filled.

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Old 12-27-2019, 07:30 AM
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You're healthy, til you're not. Things can happen over-night that can be life-altering. I would contact an ins. agent for your info. to find out what you might do.
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:47 AM
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I'm not sure what the issue is. There a lots of doctors in The Villages. You call one, make an appointment, and pay them in cash. If you don't have any money, you can apply for Medicaid.
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Old 12-27-2019, 07:53 AM
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I've tried a couple of doctors but they wont take me without health insurance. This situation is keeping me from moving. I also need the actual perscription as I send it out of the country for filling.

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Old 12-27-2019, 08:04 AM
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Here is a web site that has a list of doctors who take cash. It looks like there is one in Ocala.

Cash / Direct Payment Friendly Practices | Wufoo
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Old 12-27-2019, 08:05 AM
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I've tried a couple of doctors but they wont take me without health insurance. This situation is keeping me from moving. I also need the actual percription as I send it out of the country for filling.
You could try an Urgent Care facility. They might renew your prescription. Here is one with a lot of locations in The Villages.

441 Urgent Care Center – Open Daily, Including Weekends & Holidays, 365 Days In Most Of Our Locations.
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You may also want to try Teladoc or another similar online service, where you can consult with a doctor on the phone or online.
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Old 12-27-2019, 08:51 AM
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Keep getting your pills where you get them now.
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Old 12-27-2019, 09:09 AM
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Would you be able to have your current doctor fill the prescription until you get on medicare? My prescriptions are usually 90 pills for 3 months with 2 or three renewals. Maybe you can get a prescription for a year and visit the doctor when your return to your current area to visit friends and family???. Probably use a mail order pharmacy. If you go directly to the drug store you may have to go to one in the state your doctor is registered with as the doctor may not be licensed in FL.
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There is a “free health clinic” in Leesburg. Not positive but I think it’s run by the First Baptist Church. You could call First Baptist for information regarding their program. 352-787-1005
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Old 12-27-2019, 12:59 PM
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There is a “free health clinic” in Leesburg. Not positive but I think it’s run by the First Baptist Church. You could call First Baptist for information regarding their program. 352-787-1005
I have funds to pay, is the thing.
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Old 12-27-2019, 01:40 PM
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I've tried a couple of doctors but they wont take me without health insurance. This situation is keeping me from moving. I also need the actual perscription as I send it out of the country for filling.
IMHO, you are taking a chance going out of the country. There are several other options that MIGHT work, Good Rx, and a few other recently advertised, as well as just asking the druggist. I just had a scare with BP medications as several were recalled due to possible carcinogen the version I was taking was NOT recalled as the MFG was different, I have no idea how you would be able to determine this with out of the country supplier. Good luck with your quest.
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I have funds to pay, is the thing.
Your problem is that most doctor's offices will not take cash paying patients, and for good reason. 98% of the time they get stiffed. And I agree with VT---sending for pharmaceuticals out of the country is a crapshoot. Also, going without health insurance is an even bigger crapshoot. Now for sticker shock----Florida Blue individual coverage with a $7.000 deductible costs $15,200/year premium. The posts above give a lot of options, I hope you find one that meets your needs
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Living in the Villages is not cheap. I'm sorry to suggest this, but perhaps you should be using those dollars now to get health insurance. If your income is low the ACA AKA Obamacare will subsidize your cost. A 61 yo with untreated elevated BP is just awaiting potential complications. The cost of those complications may acutely bankrupt you or long term make your life miserable.. strokes, cardiac problems, kidney failure.

So pay for the health insurance, get proper care, then see what you have left to cover the cost of living here. At 65 if you qualify for medicare, the equations will change.
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Living in the Villages is not cheap. I'm sorry to suggest this, but perhaps you should be using those dollars now to get health insurance. If your income is low the ACA AKA Obamacare will subsidize your cost. A 61 yo with untreated elevated BP is just awaiting potential complications. The cost of those complications may acutely bankrupt you or long term make your life miserable.. strokes, cardiac problems, kidney failure.

So pay for the health insurance, get proper care, then see what you have left to cover the cost of living here. At 65 if you qualify for medicare, the equations will change.
Very sound advice. Blue Cross Blue Shield was most helpful during the in between years. And no worry about pre existing conditions.
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