Lynnae at beingfrugal.net posted about being uninsured, which got me thinking (as someone medically uninsured myself (argh!!)).
Maybe you’ve been uninsured for a while, maybe you’re newly uninsured. My first, biggest piece of advice:
Find the closest free (or cheap) clinics.
You can talk to your doctor, do websearches, call local hospitals, check the phone book–there’s lot of sources.
Now if you get sick, you know where to go. Don’t be ashamed to use them, they’ll help you stay on your feet. It’s better to get medical attention than to let your health lapse.
Obviously, free clinics can’t solve all your problems, but if you’ve got a simple strep throat they can probably get you some antibiotics before it becomes something nastier.
You may have to pay, but it’s often based on your income–so hopefully you can afford it.
If you can get insurance quickly, that’s great. But if not, or if you can get it at all, you know where to go.