English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESoL) -Beginner Class – Spring 2021 Week 12

Topic: Talking about illness/sickness

Topic: Going to the Doctor

Conversation Partner Prompts

  1. Which (from the vocabulary list) has been your most recent illness? 
  2. What were the symptoms? 
  3. What did you do to get better? 
  4. When was the last time you went to the doctor? Why?
  5. Have you gone to the doctor in Philadelphia? If you have, did someone translate for you? 
  6. Do you have a primary care doctor? If so, what do you like about your doctor? What do you not like about your doctor?


Health care in the United States can be expensive. In Philadelphia, there are good clinics where you can see a doctor even if you are undocumented, do not have insurance, or do not have a lot of money. 

The City of Philadelphia has 11 different Health Centers where anyone can see a doctor and get prescriptions for free or only a small amount of money. You can use the City Health Centers no matter what your legal status is or how much money you make. If you need tests or surgery, the City Health Centers can also help you if you are not able to pay.

Health Center 2 is located very close to St. Thomas Aquinas: 1700 S. Broad St., Unit 201 (at Broad and Morris), Philadelphia, PA 19145. Phone number:(215) 685-1803

In Pennsylvania, low-income people who have legal status in the United States can apply for free state health insurance called Medicaid. 

You can apply for Medicaid at the County Assistance Office: 1163 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Phone number: (215) 560-4400

People with legal status who make too much money for Medicaid may choose to buy health insurance from a Pennsylvania state website called Pennie.

If you want more information about finding a doctor, clinics in your area, or health insurance, please contact Theresa at aquinasesol@gmail.com.