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Keeping Health Care Costs Down

Posted Apr 06 2009 11:15pm

In the Personal Journal section of today’s print version of the Wall Street Journal, Aetna has a full-page ad.   The headline of this ad, “How Aetna can even help you keep your wallet healthy,” caught my attention because the ad promotes a few tips on how consumers can keep health care costs down including:

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·        Use generic prescriptions rather than brand-name

·        Use mail order service to fill prescriptions

·        Preventative care to keep yourself healthy

·        Stay in network when selecting providers (hospitals, doctors)


I have a tip for the health insurer --   why not keep health care costs down by eliminating expensive advertising!   I wonder how much this full-page ad cost Aetna.    With the rise in health care costs, including insurance premiums, cost of service, and administrative fees, I find it disconcerting that health insurers spent so much money on this ad.   If I had my choice, I would prefer my health insurer save me money and reduce my monthly premiums, rather than spend extravagant amounts of money on unnecessary advertising. No offense Aetna, but with health care costs spiraling out of control, consumers are more interested in reducing their out-of-pocket costs.    I’m not sure this ad keeps my wallet healthy.



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