It all started just before christmas, my dad was finding it hard to walk and eat. My mom took him to the hospital and they said it was a circulation problem and gave him pain killers. Since then he just hasn't been getting better, he had a loss of appetite along with the leg pain and last week they went to a clinic and discovered he had lost 34 lbs since christmas eve, he had a uti and bronchitis, they drew some blood. Monday my dad went to work and came home with a "confused" or "vacant" look on his face, mom called the paramedics, no stroke, no heart attack. Tuesday the blood work from the clinic came back and said he has hep c. Now since christmas he has been working on and off, it seemed like if he could take a day off to rest he'd feel better until he went back to work, then he would come home feeling terrible again. The problem is he went to a GI dr, and the tests they want to run are the afp/lft/and hep genotypes, along with an MRI totaling $2100. My dad is 60 years old and at the moment he is still "technically" employeed although this week he was only able to work 1 day. the clinic told him he couldn't go back to work, but the GI dr won't sign his medicaid release until he has the $2100 to have the additional testing done, so I was wondering if anyone knew of a place in south east tx that he could get these test done for cheaper. Any help would be tremendously appreciated, I thank you all in advance.