Let’s face it – healthcare can get very expensive. Even with the best insurance plan, the price of care can be daunting and with less coverage or no insurance at all, it can be overwhelming. One question we are sometimes asked is whether or not participants in clinical trials can receive free medical care. And the answer is no. And yes. It depends on the trial, as well as how you define medical care.
If you meet the initial screening criteria for a clinical trial, which is usually determined in a phone conversation with a recruiter, the next step is to complete a full medical history and then proceed with a medical screening. At the research location, a physician will complete your medical exam, and then answer any questions you may have. The medical screening will be different for each trial, but it will typically include height, weight, blood pressure, and a blood test. There may be other tests depending on the type of study being conducted. Of course, you will know the results of your exam whether you decide to proceed with the trial or not, meaning that you will receive a free medical screening just for starting the process and proceeding past the phone interview.
How advanced clinical trials have helped to manage serious illnesses
DaVita Clinical Research conducts two types of research: 1) Phase 1 research, or early phase research that is testing the safety of investigational treatments and procedures, typically done at an inpatient clinic; and 2) Phase 2 and 3 clinical trials, testing the safety and efficacy of investigational products in larger groups of patients, and typically done at outpatient clinics. These later-stage trials usually study an investigational product or procedure in participants suffering from the condition being tested. For example, Cancer.org reports that medical researchers are currently undergoing trials for drugs that could help to alleviate the affects of cancer and potentially even target cells that are causing the abnormal gene growth. For these types of trials, the treatment and physician visits may be offered at no cost to the participants.
Start learning more about your own health – today
You can start just by talking with a recruiter about your own health and get a better understanding of current compensated clinical trials for healthy volunteers and trials for patients with specific conditions. If you proceed to the next step, you may be offered a free medical screening before deciding if you want to proceed further. Learn more by calling a recruiter today.
Disclaimer: Phase 1 (in-patient) clinical trials are not intended to treat a disease or condition. Phase 3 (out-patient) clinical trials may help treat an existing disease or condition. The information presented in this blog may be referring to either a phase 1 clinical trial or to a phase 3 clinical trial or to both. If you contact us regarding a trial, be sure to speak with the recruiter about whether or not the trial is intended to treat a condition.