Health care costs continue to
rise and consumers need to be well informed so they can make educated choices and
find the best value. CBS
News provides tips on how consumers can make their health care dollars go further.
Know the real cost upfront -- so you
can ask the provider for a discount. Knowledge is power. If you know the
fair price for the service, you are in a better position to negotiate a discount if
the provider’s price is too high.
tools to look-up estimated prices for services – before you visit the provider.
Inquire about using outpatient services for surgeries - talk with your doctor about
For better discounts -- pay by cash and be ask about a payment plan.
Find out about less expensive health insurance
plans. If you are spending more than $10,000 annually on premiums – research
high deductible health plans. With a high deductible health plan that offers
much less expensive monthly premiums, you could end up spending much less on health
care expenses over the 12 months.