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Q: Free Mammogram Clinic in Orlando, Fl. Area

I am 46, white female and I need your help. I live in the Orlando, Fl. area and I am in need of a free mammogram. I have experienced two breast surgeries as a young person. My grandmother lost her 8-year battle against breast cancer in 2000. I lost my job in 2009, and can't afford a mammogram and doctor's appointment. Can you help me find a free clinic in my area? You could save my life. Thank you.

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PJ Hamel, Health Guide
10/12/10 4:06pm

Absolutely. First, check with your local hospital or medical center. Call and ask to speak with the social workers, explain your situation, and see if they can help you.

 

If you don't get the help you need from your local hospital, take a look at our post on mammograms for underserved women. You'll be able to find a link that lists Florida facilities offering free or reduced-cost mammograms.

 

Best of luck. Hope your mammogram shows no problem. PJH

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Michelle, Community Member
10/20/11 3:39pm
Here is the information. I hope this helps. The hours for the clinic are shown below. You must go here to sign in and let them know on the paperwork the reason you want to be seen. Since you are under 50 you can tell them your reason or concern. Then you will be given a referral to one of the locations for Florida Hospital and call to set the appt.
It is best on week days to go as early as 2:30 pm to sign up on the clip board on the outside of there door at the entrance behind the bldg. On Saturdays people go as early as 6 am or before to get name of the list. I have not seen them turn anyone away.
Wish you the best
Michelle

After Hours Clinic

The hospital emergency room isn't the only place you can go for basic care if you are uninsured. The Community After-Hours Medical Clinic at Florida Hospital might be the place for you.

To be eligible for the After-hours Medical clinic, patients must not have insurance and not have Medicare or Medicaid coverage.

The Clinic is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 5:00pm and Saturdays at 8:00 am. No appointment is necessary. However, we can only see the first 25 patients.

Fees may vary per lab work ordered.

The following services are not offered by the After-hours Medical Clinic; routine physicals, prenatal care, chronic pain management, HIV testing or treatment, sexually transmitted disease screening, contraception management, mental health or psychiatric issues and seizure disorders.

Location:

2604 N. Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32804
407-303-7298

(Across from the Florida Hospital Cancer Institute, corner of N. Orange Avenue and Winter Park Street)

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/CommunityAfterHoursClinic.
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Michelle, Community Member
10/20/11 3:41pm

I forgot to mention the cost is $35.00.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
10/20/11 7:21pm

Thank you so much for providing this helpful information.  I'm sure it will be really useful for our readers in the Orlando area.  Many hospitals have similar services.  The hospital where I have my mammogram has signs prominently displayed saying that arrangements can be made for anyone who can't afford a mammogram. 

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mattery1, Community Member
1/ 5/13 8:53pm

Do they have a Community Center in Longwood?  I went to Urgent Care months ago and they gave me a referral to get a mammogram, but I don't have the money to get one.  I called Florida Hospital in Longwood, to see if they would give free mammograms and they said no.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
1/ 6/13 6:04am

Below are some phone numbers from  the National Cancer Institute that you could call to find out about Longwood.  The link to the list of clinics in the excerpt I have copied was not working when I went to check about Longwood specifically.  The problem may be temporary.  If not, try the phone line.

 

 From www.cancer.gov

How can uninsured or low-income women obtain a free or low-cost screening mammogram?

 

Some state and local health programs and employers provide mammograms free or at low cost. For example, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) coordinates the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program. This program provides screening services, including clinical breast exams and mammograms, to low-income, uninsured women throughout the United States and in several U.S. territories. Contact information for local programs is available from the CDC at http://apps.nccd.cdc.gov/cancercontacts/nbccedp/contacts.asp or by calling 1–800–CDC–INFO (1–800–232–4636).

Information about free or low-cost mammography screening programs is also available from NCI’s Cancer Information Service at 1–800–4–CANCER (1–800–422– 6237) and from local hospitals, health departments, women’s centers, or other community groups.

 

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mattery1, Community Member
1/ 5/13 8:54pm

Do they have a Community Center in Longwood?  I went to Urgent Care months ago and they gave me a referral to get a mammogram, but I don't have the money to get one.  I called Florida Hospital in Longwood, to see if they would give free mammograms and they said no.

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Anonomyous, Community Member
8/21/12 3:25pm

What does your race have to get with obtaining healthcare information?  It should not matter whether you are White, Black, Asian or otherwise, if you need assistance then you need assistance.  I hope by stating your are "white" does not imply you should be a priority or receive support over anyone else. 

 

Hope you were able to find the help you need, despite your race.

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Anonomyous, Community Member
8/21/12 3:25pm

What does your race have to get with obtaining healthcare information?  It should not matter whether you are White, Black, Asian or otherwise, if you need assistance then you need assistance.  I hope by stating your are "white" does not imply you should be a priority or receive support over anyone else. 

 

Hope you were able to find the help you need, despite your race.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
8/21/12 7:24pm

Let's give Leslie the benefit of the doubt.  While race isn't a factor in the need for a mammogram, sometimes race can affect risk factors for specific health problems.  That's why it is a question usually included in health histories.  While we didn't need to know Leslie's age or race to tell her about mammograms in her area, maybe she is used to providing complete demographic data in health situations.  As a person who answers questions here at HealthCentral, I would prefer that a person include more information than I need than to leave something out.

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Anonomyous, Community Member
8/21/12 10:42pm

I agree, so why not have more of the type of information that is pertainent because race should not be a factor in who does and who does not receive information that could save their life.

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Anonomyous, Community Member
8/21/12 10:42pm

I agree, so why not have more of the type of information that is pertainent because race should not be a factor in who does and who does not receive information that could save their life.

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Phyllis Johnson, Health Guide
8/22/12 4:56am

You are absolutely correct.  Race should not be a factor in access to medical information and facilities. 

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By Lesley Barrett, Community Member— Last Modified: 10/08/13, First Published: 10/12/10