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Get a Better Deal on Health Care Services

Posted Apr 06 2009 11:15pm
SmartMoney just published an article, Top 5 Times to Haggle for a Better Deal.  The article incudes useful tips on how you can get a better deal the next time you purchase health care services. 

Pay cash upfront.   Providers sometimes will offer you the same lower rate that they negotiate with insurance companies, or possibly even a cheaper rate if the consumer agrees to pay cash at the time of service.  I tried this and it worked!  Just be sure to ask up front.   

Compare Costs.   Check your providers rates against other doctors in your area.  You can look this information up through tools provided by your insurer, or by using the community search tool, OutofPocket.com to view patient posts of actual prices paid for services.  Providers have been know to lower their fees to stay competitive so be sure to do your homework and research prices before you visit the provider.

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