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Tips, tricks and resources to help you save money on health care services

Posted Apr 06 2009 11:15pm
A recent article in RNcentral.com provides 25 tips on how consumers can save money on health care services – even if you do not have health insurance.  Here is a brief summary, but be sure to checkout the entire article for additional information and helpful resources. 

Medical Care
  • Take advantage of walk-in clinics
  • Consider alternative therapies 
  • Try using a nurse practitioners instead of a doctor
  • Research medical tourism
  • Check out a health fair for free routine screenings
  • Volunteer for medical school clinics
  • Use phone medical services for less complicated issues
  • Avoid the weekend
  • Review your bill for errors
  • Negotiate your bill
Prescriptions and Equipment
  • Shop around and compare prescription prices using resources like Consumer Reports, the AARP or the Medicare Rights Center
  • Buy store brands for over the counter medications
  • Request generic prescriptions
  • See if you qualify for freebies 
  • Double up on medication
  • Cut your medications in half 
  • Get creative. Work with your doctor or pharmacist to see if you can't find a lower cost solution to your prescription drug costs
  • Reuse and recycle. Friends, neighbors or even a church group may have equipment that can suit your needs at a greatly reduced cost 
  • Shop for frames at retail stores or large chains instead of the eye doctor’s office
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