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Friday, 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 at the doctor’s office is to always ask if the treatment plan that is being offered to you is the least expensive yet effective option available. While many doctors actively try to find the most cost effective options for their patients, it is still a nice reminder that you are looking to save some cash while still getting excellent care.
#2 Ask About Lifestyle Changes
While many people go to the doctor looking for a quick fix to a problem they are experiencing, asking if there are lifestyle changes you can make before beginning other treatment options can be a big money saver. Obviously there are situations when time is critical and taking action quickly with medicine is key. However, in certain cases changing ones lifestyle can help resolve a medical issue without drugs and without spending money!
#3 Ask if all of the Tests are Necessary
If a doctor recommends you get blood work or other types of tests done, be sure to ask if they are necessary. While some doctors are good about only ordering critical tests, some like to test a lot of things at once to be sure they don’t miss anything. While this is comprehensive, it can be expensive. So speak up!
Asking a few questions can go a long way in terms of saving cash. So speak up and take control of your appointments. Speaking up and asking a question is a great way to play an active role in your own healthcare. To learn more, visit the Health magazine to become a more informed healthcare consumer!
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