Become An Informed Healthcare Consumer
Simple Steps To Take To Become A More Informed Healthcare Consumer
Being an informed, educated, and wise healthcare consumer is more important than ever. Although understanding the healthcare system can be daunting, here are some simple steps you can take to become a more informed healthcare consumer:
1. Take care of yourself
The easiest way to keep your healthcare costs down is to stay as healthy as possible. You have control over what you do about your risk factors for disease. For example, medical costs of people who do not exercise are significantly higher than those who do. Yet, 60% of Americans do not exercise enough and 25% do not exercise at all. The average costs for those who are overweight are 21% higher. Taking care of yourself will not only keep you healthy, but it will also cut your healthcare costs.
2. Ask questions
When you visit the doctor, be prepared with a list of specific questions. Some things to ask could pertain to the safety, effectiveness, and cost of procedures. Take advantage of the knowledge professionals have. Do what you can to learn about your condition and any medications you are prescribed. Be certain you are getting the care you need and are not getting unnecessary care or duplicate tests, which would result in unnecessary expenses.
3. Get to know your plan
Become familiar with your health plan and use the features that help you prevent illness or manage your current condition.
To learn more about healthcare consumerism, check out the Healthy UNH website!