Thursday, June 26, 2008

Health care. Part II

In 2002 I read an article siting that nearly 4 out of 10 dancers didn't have health insurance or were under insured. In the last five years, the cost of doctor visits and insurance premiums have skyrocketed. Here are a few more resources for non-insurance based health care programs:

The Harkness Center for Dance is part of the NYU Medical Center and Health System. They provide free consultations with an orthopedic doctor and follow up with a physical therapist who specializes in dance injury. Additionally they will provide clinics for dancers, teachers and other medical professionals to prevent common injuries.

Dance Clinic
240 East 18th Street (at 2nd Avenue)
Ste. 21

The Artist Access program is associated with the Woodhull hospital in Brooklyn, NY. They provide sliding scale fees or a trade of artistic services to patients for medical services.
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Springboard for the Arts in Minnesota offers discount community clinic with various services. They also offer a discount voucher to further defray costs.

Again the Actors Fund has a database of state by state offerings some of which are insurance based, and some of which are other programs.

I would love to hear how you address your health care needs and also what your company provides for you. Go to either:
facebook dancer forum- Dance USA
the performing dancers alliance on the google groups
and share your experience.
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