Cut Down those Medical Bills
The ever-increasing costs of health care services, health insurance premiums and prescription drugs is a concern for most Americans. It is estimated that health cover is taking at least 20% of a household’s disposable income, and that leaves a big hole to pay for other day-to-day living expenses.
Check Out Providers
Although according to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 86% of Americans already have health care that does not mean you are getting a good deal. There are plenty of comparison sites for you to look at and to find which is the best for you and your family. It is not just the monthly cost you need to consider.
Look into what treatments are excluded, what drugs you may have to pay for and which doctors and hospitals you can use.
Offer Cash Payments
If you have to pay to see a physician or other medical professional, offer to pay them in cash and they might just take you up on the offer, so that you can save money. The salaries they earn may look impressive, but most medical professionals are cash poor and will often give you a discount when you pay with real dollars.
Why Are You Seeking Treatment?
When you have an upset tummy, do you really need to see your doctor and end up with a charge? Call at the local pharmacy and they might be able to recommend something to help. If you are seeking treatment because of an injury, was the accident you were injured in your fault? If not you should be speaking with an injury lawyer who may be able to arrange for the guilty party to pay your medical fees. Consider exactly why you are seeking treatment, and only go to the doctors if it is really necessary.
Use Generic Drugs
Drugs can be very expensive with some people having to pay hundreds of dollars every month for them. If you believe the advertising campaigns of the large drug companies, theirs are not to be beaten. However, the Consumer Reports National Research Center as said that generic drugs are just as effective, just as safe and cost a lot less money.
You can even sometimes buy them cheaper on the Internet. Several large retail chains offer sizable discounts to people who buy their generic drugs online. Or ask your doctor if there is a cheaper alternative the will help with your ailment.
Watch For Mistakes On Bills
Whenever you have to pay for medical costs request an itemized bill and check it very carefully. It is very common for mistakes to be made and things like drugs charged for that you did not have. They will have charged you for all their services too, do you really have these or not? If you think you have been overcharged, ask them to give you a new bill before you hand over any money.
If you are not certain about what you have been charged but just feel the bill is higher than it should be, you could hire the services of a professional bill reviewer who will have more idea what each item should have cost.
By taking the time to review your healthcare insurance, ask for discounts and look at alternative drugs, you could cut down your medical bills by quite a bit.