As Seen on TV: Affordable Health Care

Resources to find low-cost, health-care options in your neighborhood.

Nov. 12, 2008— -- The faltering economy is forcing a growing number of Americans to scale back on medical care, skipping doctor visits and putting off tests and surgeries. Three out of 10 Americans say they've skipped a recommended test or treatment because of costs.

Also, on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Web site, check out its guide, "Finding Low-Cost Health Care 101," for patients of all needs and ages. breaks down federal benefit programs, state by state, ranging from health-care options for kids, temporary assistance for families and special health-care needs for the hearing impaired.

To save money, experts recommend switching to generic-brand medications instead of their pricey brand-name counterparts. For information on generic and brand-name equivalents available through patients' assistance programs, click here.