Recently, I had to go into emergency surgery for my heart just two weeks before NYCC! I’m fine now, but off the top of my head, I can name several other comic book creator friends who are currently having health issues. Unfortunately, because of the freelance nature of our work, health insurance is sometimes something that is overlooked. I was lucky in that I had a policy but for those of us who don’t, here are some options.
With the Affordable Healthcare Act, many freelancers can now avail of health insurance at reasonable rates. Open enrollment begins November 15 so now is a good time to think about it. You can sign up at https://www.healthcare.gov but some states will have their own website for affordable healthcare.
Another option is going to a Community Health Center. Most major cities have them and they can provide check-ups and non emergency ailments. In New York City, I highly recommend my client, the Ryan Center (http://www.ryancentr.org) with four locations around the city. Outside of Manhattan you can use this directory to find one near you. http://findahealthcenter.hrsa.gov/Search_HCC.aspx
Community Health Centers are great for check-ups, sick visits and some can even do ophthalmology, pediatrics, gynecology and other specializations. But they don’t usually do surgery or emergency treatments. So prevention is definitely key.
Good health and good luck! And yes. I did go to New York Comic Con. Doctor said I need to be walking around anyway.