Millions of poor people in America (as well as illegal aliens) go to emergency rooms in the US and receive treatment and never pay for it themselves. I know that its illegal to turn away someone with an life threatening emergency, so this is true. However the key word is emergency. One can't just walk into a hospital and get whatever bloodwork or other preventative medicine done. I have no experience or info at all however on how medicaid works. From a quick glance, besides possibly citizenship (not certain), what prevents the poor from applying for medicaid and getting medical help in that fashion? As I stated, I have no experience with it, but from the looks of things the "poor" certainly can get medical help. I'm guessing that the "uninsured poor" are actually actually lower and middle class folks who work jobs without benefits, and thus make more money than medicaid requires. Thus by government standards they are not the absolute poor, and thus are expected to buy their own health insurance. Anybody know how much such a policy would cost for someone?