KUTV — Health care costs are climbing at a rapid rate, and when you're hurt or feeling sick, money is the last thing you want to worry about! Dr. Christine Foster, chief medical officer of Population Health, joins Fresh Living to tell us how we can save money on our health care.
1. Check in with your doctor regularly! While those yearly check-ups might not seem important, Dr. Foster says that having a Primary Care Physician that you see regularly could save you money. Yearly check-ups with your physician are considered "preventative" by most health insurances and are typically entirely covered. These services can help you find the right care and avoid higher-cost visits.
2. Know where to go! While the emergency room might seem like the easy answer when something is wrong, urgent care or scheduled services will actually cost you less. ER is for life-threatening emergencies only. Visiting an Urgent Care Clinic or scheduling an appointment with your physician can save you thousands of dollars!
3. Shop around! Dr. Foster also recommends that you "shop around" for medical services you can schedule ahead of time such as MRIs, CTs, X-rays, and even surgeries. Doctors can typically do the same procedure in an Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) that they would do in a hospital. ASC cost is typically thousands of dollars cheaper! To lower drug costs, doing things like asking for generic drugs, finding pharmacies with fixed-cost drug lists, looking for coupons, or using GoodRx can save you money on prescriptions.
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