Partially Free Rehab vs. Free Rehab Programs
Not all free rehab programs provide care that is completely without cost; some facilities offer partial-free treatment or other types of payment assistance to those who need it, and this option can be more effective for certain individuals. Let us help you find the best program for your recovery by calling 800-564-3865 (Who Answers?) now.
What Are Partial Free Rehab Facilities?
Partial-free rehab facilities are treatment programs that offer patients a lower cost for care and do not expect patients to pay what would have been the full cost of the program, even through financing. It is similar to completely free rehab programs, except patients are asked to pay the amount they can (which is determined based on certain criteria) in order to attend rehab.
How Many Free/Partially Free Rehab Centers Exist in the U.S?
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 76.3 percent of the rehab facilities in the United States offer some type of payment assistance.
These programs are operated by both private nonprofit organizations and for-profit organizations, although most are nonprofit. The breakdown of substance abuse recovery facilities in the US according to the survey shows that:
- 23.7 percent provide no free care without a sliding fee scale, also understood as no payment assistance
- 24.0 percent offer no free care but do offer a sliding fee scale
- 10.5 percent offer partial free care without a sliding fee scale
- 37.8 percent off partial free care with a sliding fee scale
- 4.0 percent offer all free care
Which Program Is Better?
Both free and partial-free rehab centers provide patients with the essential, evidence-based treatments, including medications and behavioral therapies, and both are designed to help individuals experiencing financial issues and/or those with low incomes seek and attend treatment. In general, no one type of program is better, and whether you should attend all free or partial free rehab depends on your needs.
Do I Need All- or Partial-Free Rehab?
Patients require treatment that takes all of their needs into account, including those associated with their finances. While some patients will not be able to afford treatment at all, others may be able to pay a lesser cost than the normal costs for care. It is important to consider your budget and to ask yourself
- Can I afford to pay for treatment without experiencing more severe financial issues?
- What can I afford to pay for rehab and still be able to pay my other bills and take my other expenses into account?
- Can my family afford for me to seek professional care for my addiction?
- Do I need financial help or vocational counseling as part of my recovery?
Once you have asked yourself these questions, deciding what you can pay for treatment becomes easier. Because it is important to pay what you can for your care in order to ensure that those who otherwise would not receive treatment at all are able to get the care they need in all-free facilities. And if you are in need of all-free care, you can find the best option for your safe recovery by calling 800-564-3865 (Who Answers?) .
Are There Other Options?
Yes. As stated above, sliding fee scales are also available at some facilities, where the fee for patients who enter depends specifically on the amount they are able to pay. This is also a helpful option if you know you can pay for treatment but are not able to afford the higher costs of care.
Also according to SAMHSA, insurance companies now must cover mental health and addiction prevention and treatment as essential health benefits, which means if you do have an insurance plan, you are likely to be at least somewhat covered for your care. This can help make treatment much less expensive as well as more affordable. You may eve be able to receive free care through your insurance plan.
Seek Treatment for Addiction Today
Both types of rehab facilities exist for those who need payment assistance for their treatment, as well as a number of other options that can make your care more affordable. Call 800-564-3865 (Who Answers?) now to learn more about treatment and to find a rehab program that understands your financial as well as your medical needs.