What will you do if your child gets sick and you have no money?

@neildc (17254)
Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
July 5, 2009 9:57am CST
A friend of mine came to me today and asked help for her child's problem. Her son is sick and have to be sent to the hospital for check. But unfortunately, I also have financial problem, so I cant help her. I really wish I can help her. But with this kind of situation, your child or one of your kids get sick, and you have no money, what will you do? If you are already in debt with a huge amount of money, and no one lends you anymore, and you really don't know what to do?
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8 responses
5 Jul 09
Hi Neil, i would take my child to the hospital or the doctors to seek medical help and then worry about money later, you can always pay them back by instalment because child's health is more important, we don't have that kind of situation over here, we have NHS National Health Services. Even if you are penniless, you still get treatments.Hugs. Tamara
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
7 Jul 09
Dear tamara, That's really great to hear. In our place, though we have a law that prohibits hospital to ignore patients with no money, those who cannot produce down payments, people seem to decide not to go to the hospital, if they have really no money. If they can survive the pain, they will just wait for the pain to disappear. That is because, majority of the people here are poor. And those poor people are most often ignored. Sometimes, I think of the situation, it's too sad to be a resident of this country. Neil
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@benny128 (3622)
5 Jul 09
well am lucky as we have nhs here in uk am assuming your in the usa. Kids come first no matter how skint I was I'd do whatever I needed to find the money as my kids come before anything else. not much of a help but hope it works out twitter - benbo128
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@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
6 Jul 09
Dear benny, It's always been my priority, the kids. When it comes to my personal needs, it always comes the last. I can only get my needs if there are really excess. Unfortunately, here in the Philippines, though we have the health benefits from the security agency, cases like out patient situations are not included in the benefits. Neil
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@ucue2008 (926)
• Malaysia
6 Jul 09
I will seek helps from anybody and do whatever in my capability to help my children. i don't care about other things, as long as my children are healthy and I don't even bother about my safety, that's because of mother's instinct that they will do anything for their children.
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• India
5 Jul 09
well, that is a really difficult situation to be in. you really do not want to be in such a helpless situation. i am sure there are government run hospitals which provide for the needy. just check if you can get info anout any of them.
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
10 Jul 09
it is really sad when we can't help someone who's really in need.but i guess when it concerns with our kids,i guess we do all our best to look for any possibilties on how to raise the money we need.i had face such situation with my youngest son 4 years ago.when we rushed him to the hospital,we don't have enough money that time,but with God's help,we were able to resolve the finances without lending much.just looking around inside our house can help us resolve financial problem.like extra cellphones.i guess most family members had each individual cellphone,can't anyone sacrifice it?or extra tv,or digicam,things that we don't usually use or just a display can be helpful then.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
10 Jul 09
dear jaiho, those are some things that we can sacrifice when this kind of situation came to us. we have some like extra cell phones, TV and others that can be sold or pawned. i can understand that. but it is too difficult if that the said scenario will happen to people poorer than ours. too poor that they don't even know where to get their food or no shelter at all. neil
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@jaiho2009 (39019)
• Philippines
10 Jul 09
i see,one thing i can do is to recommend them to my friends who were working in a hospital,or if it is not a very serious case,then,i can bring them to our charity institutions where we are giving free medical treatment and medicines and we even provide them hospital assistant.the best i can do.
@mjmlagat (3171)
• Philippines
7 Jul 09
i'm so sorry to hear about the situation of your friend. we all know these days are really tough when it comes to money matter. but if i were your friend, i'd go to the nearest relative in the area to ask for financial assistance if not, go to a government agency that readily helps people in need..maybe this would help.
@neildc (17254)
• Lapu-Lapu City, Philippines
8 Jul 09
problem with her relatives is she has to go to other island/province. she has no one else to go to seek help but her friends,
@janebeth (2034)
• Philippines
7 Jul 09
seek GOD before seeking others, maybe GOD will touch others heart and helps you when you will ask their help in this kind of situation. remember for with GOD's nothing shall be impossible..
@maumbi (2571)
• Indonesia
6 Jul 09
is really hard to say how parents feel see their cant give the best things to their son, so what the point is, team work husband and wife to face off this happen try get result, get some cash, go to another family, go to donation or what ever this about human life (a kids)