3 Ways to Save Money on Health Care

6 Ways to Save Money on Health CareHealthcare can be pretty expensive when you include medication and doctor visits. Know how to reduce your spending when it comes to healthcare.

Healthcare costs are rising and some people are exhausting their resources to pay for the medication they require to stay alive. Many people are paying more than they have to when it comes to their health care. Using these key strategies will help you save money as you cut down on unnecessary spending on your health care.

Spending less at the hospital
Physicians often work at ambulatory surgical centers in addition to a hospital. So, before scheduling a procedure at a hospital, ask your doctor if they work at an outpatient center and compare the costs. You may find they vary significantly.

Spending less on preventive care
There are Medicare laws that require insurers provide certain preventive screenings and procedures like mammograms, prostate screenings, colorectal screenings, flu shots, cardiovascular disease screenings, diabetes screenings, lung cancer screenings, depression screening, obesity screening and counseling, without copays, coinsurance, or deductibles.

Spending less on medications
You should review your drug list with your primary care physician at least annually to see if all of them are still needed, or if there are generics or lower cost alternatives available. Generic drugs offer the same benefits as the pricier brand name counterparts.

Saving money is (almost) always a good thing, and knowing where to spend your money is equally as important, especially when it comes to health care expenditures. To ensure you fully understand your benefits, you can contact SeniorChoices NW to schedule an appointment or attend a Medicare informational meeting throughout the Portland metro areas, including Beaverton, Canby, Clackamas, Gresham, Oregon City, Tigard, Portland, Wilsonville, and more.

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