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Are You Being Overcharged for Medical Care? Here are some tips on how you can fight back

Posted Apr 06 2009 11:15pm

Bottom Line Secrets published an article several years ago on tips you can use to fight back if you think you are being overcharged for health care services.  This article was recently brought to my attention because this information still applies today.  Here is a brief summary of some of the tips.

To avoid paying more than you should for doctor bills

1. Remember to negotiate.  Try asking your doctor for a discount. 
2. Have blood tests done at a lab, rather than at your doctor’s office. 
3. Don’t pay for follow up visits. 
4. Ask your doctor if tests prescribed are necessary. Doctors often order unnecessary diagnostic tests including MRIs, CAT scans and X-rays. Ask what these tests will determine.

Tips on how to spot over billing on hospital bills

1. Request a daily itemized bill. 
2. Avoid using the hospital pharmacy.  Have your prescriptions filled at your local pharmacy.
3. Watch out for double billing and review your bill detail carefully.
4. Don’t pay for the last day at the hospital if you are discharged before noon. 

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