Michigan hospital financial assistance.

Northern Michigan Hospital - A businessman from Onaway has created a fund that will be providing financial assistance for paying medical and hospital bills to patients of Northern Michigan Hospital. Residents of the surrounding areas, including Presque Isle and Cheboygan counties, will be qualified to apply for help.

The person who created the charity fund, Tom Moran, is the the owner of Moran Iron Works which is based in Onaway Michigan. He created the assistance program, which is known as the Moran Iron Works Fund, earlier this year to provide immediate financial assistance to patients in need who are from the cities, town, and communities surrounding Moran Iron Works. In addition, the founder is also the vice chair of the Northern Michigan Regional Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees and he currently serves as the secretary of the Northern Michigan Regional Health System Board of Trustees.

The financial assistance fund was created and is intended to help patients and families in need with paying for medical supplies, hospital bills, minor medical equipment, prescription medications and travel expenses related to healthcare and hospital stays. Since it was established, it has assisted about 10 people per month.

The financial assistance fund was established with a fairly large $50,000 pledge up front, of which $10,000 will be available for patient assistance each year for the next five years. Donations are constantly being accepted, and new money is added to the fund. For just the second quarter of this year, almost $5,000 from the charity fund has been used to help with the financial strain of healthcare costs and bills for individuals from Cheboygan and Presque Isle counties. Ask Northern Michigan Hospital about this fund if you need help paying for your bills and health care expenses. (231) 487-4000

Henry Ford Health System has a discount program for patients that are having difficulty with paying their hospital bills. They can also offer payment plans that are interest free. If you are uninsured, then the discount provided may be as high as 40%. Other assistance is available for excessive medical bills or low income families in Michigan. The provider will work with you to try to find some type of solution.

No all procedures are covered as part of the payment plans. For example, you can't receive a discount on medications or elective care. The hospital will also not offer help for any medical care that is from from providers or doctors that are not part of Henry Ford Health System or its partner facilities. Call (313) 916-2600.





Programs are offered by the University of Michigan Health System. This provider has in place programs that support medically necessary health care for all patients, regardless of their health insurance status and/or ability to pay their bills. If you are uninsured. have poor coverage or have a limited income then financial assistance may be offered.

While you will need to apply, patients may either receive up to a 55% reduction on their bills or their medical care may be offered at no cost. You will need to apply to the University of Michigan Health System, provide proof of income and other support as well. Among other conditions, the applicant can't qualify for they need to have been denied Medicaid or County Health Plan coverage. To learn more or to apply, call (855) 853-5380. Also be sure to ask for the Guest Assistance Program.

Metro Health Hospital will try to assist all patients, regardless of their income, ability to pay the bills, and health insurance coverage. This Michigan hospital is committed to caring for and serving the needs of the community, including the less fortunate. The center may be able to help patients without financial means to pay for their hospital services and bills.

They have an income scale in place. Basic medical necessary hospital services and medications may be available at no charge to those who qualify. The resources in place by Metro Health Hospital’s Financial Assistance Program will also factor in the number of people in your household. So if you have a bigger family then the hospital will allow your income levels to be higher than someone who is single. Call (800) 968-0051 and ask for the charity or financial assistance department.




By Jon McNamara

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