October 28, 2014
Interested in having a more proactive role in your healthcare? Using preventative care services can decrease the risk of chronic disease while simultaneously reducing healthcare costs. Preventing disease is key to improving America’s health and keeping rising health costs under control. Most health plans must cover a set of preventive health services for children at no cost when delivered by an in-network provider. Many chronic diseases can be largely preventable through close partnership with... Read More
October 21, 2014
Independent labs, what are they? Frequently your health care provider asks you to get some lab work done. You may have gone to the hospital to get this lab work done. But is this always the best choice now? With healthcare cost rising in hospitals, our nation is seeing an increase of independent care facilities.
These independent care facilities are not affiliated with hospitals, but they will give you the same benefits of going to the hospital. The test results will be sent to your provider... Read More
July 28, 2014
With concern about the high and rising health cost in the United States, there is an even bigger concern about reducing or limiting the cost of medical services. One way to help reduce possible health costs is through prevention strategies. Prevention is not only the best way to reduce your chances of developing illness or a chronic condition, but it is also the key to reducing your chance of having to pay for unnecessary health costs.
Check out these simple prevention strategies you can do on... Read More
July 25, 2014
With the rising costs of medical care it is important to be a smart healthcare consumer. Urgent care facilities can be a great alternative to going to an Emergency Room which normally have high prices associated with them.
An Emergency room in usually attached to a hospital and runs twenty-four hours a day, 365 days a year. An ER is where to go in emergency situations or if you need an ambulance. However if are in a nonlife threatening situation an urgent care facility can be a smart... Read More
June 16, 2014
Similar to medical treatment expenses, Workers Compensation costs are rapidly increasing. The majority of costs are spent on occupational musculoskeletal disorders each year. Daily work tasks that involve reaching and lifting, bending, sitting, pushing/pulling, keyboarding, using tools, operating machinery are often performed incorrectly. The stress of improper lifting and sitting techniques accumulates over time and wears the body down. Workplace injuries and illnesses have a major impact on... Read More
April 21, 2014
Excessive medical procedures can be hazardous to your health—and your wallet. Making medical decisions without even considering cost has contributed to skyrocketing health care spending and waste. What’s most astounding is that doctors often aren’t aware of the price of the procedures they recommend. For example, a $15.44 blood test is able to check a person’s electrolyte levels, blood sugar, kidney and liver function, but there is a considerably cheaper option available. A more basic... Read More
March 31, 2014
A weekly trip to the grocery store can sometimes turn into a battle with your wallet when shopping on a tight budget. It is often easier to choose off the shelf or frozen food items which require minimal preparation but typically do not have much nutritional benefit. It is important to fuel our bodies with the nutrients provided by a well-balanced diet to enable us to keep up with the demands of everyday life. If Easy Mac with a side of Ramen Noodles has become a familiar meal, then it might... Read More
February 17, 2014
While caught in the middle of studying for exams and writing papers this semester, one thing you are probably looking forward to is spring break. When this week of fun you’ve had planned for so long is so close you can almost taste it, the thought of potentially getting sick before, during or after your trip may not even cross your mind. Wherever your destination may be, the potential for experiencing disease and illness is much greater when traveling. With many students soon boarding... Read More
February 13, 2014
Have you ever been sent to a lab by your physician for blood work? If the lab is not affiliated with a hospital, it is an independent lab. Quest Diagnostics is one example of an independent lab. Independent labs have no association with hospitals. If you have blood drawn at an independent lab, the results will be sent back to your physician just like they would be if you were to get blood drawn at a hospital lab.
The biggest difference between labs is that a CBC (complete blood count) at an... Read More
January 31, 2014
In this day and age, saving money is at the forefront of many people’s minds, especially when it comes to healthcare. There are all sorts of ways you can try to save money on healthcare and a simple place to start is at the doctor’s office! Health magazine has outlined several questions patients can ask during visits to their primary care provider to try and help save money. Keep reading if you want to hear a few tips!
#1 Ask for the Least Expensive Option
One simple and easy way to save money... Read More