The cost of medical care in this country is rising. In fact, for many people it’s just about unafforadable, even with insurance. People are cutting back on medicines and putting off trips to the doctor to save money and avoid large bills. However, taking care of health problems early actually saves money in the long run, not to mention emoitional and mental health. Instead of skipping medical care services, try stretching a buck with the following cost saving techniques.
Prescription drugs can cost hundreds of dollars a month. Of course, sign up for generics whenever possible. However, if a drug is newer to the market, a generic is not available. Try applying to the drug maker for assitance. Drug companies offer free or reduced-cost medications to people based on income. Ask the doctor for an application and fill out the form entirely and send directly to the drug company or give to the doctor. The companies usually process requests within a few weeks. Not everyone applies for these programs, but several discount drug programs for uninsured people are out there. Check to see what is available in your local community. Ask your pharamacist if he is aware of any discount programs.
While the temptation to put of medical care to save money is great, make sure to get a yearly physical and to go to the doctor at the first sign that something is off. Getting treatement right away can be much more inexpensive than paying thousands of dollars to treat an emergency problem. Getting a physical screens for problems before you even feel any signs or symptoms. Make sure to mention risk factors like genetics and individual past history to the doctor. Follow recommendations for screenings that need to happen as a person ages.
Medical treatement and care are more expensive than ever. But, with some time and creativity, reducing the cost is possible. Make sure to explore options for cheaper prescription drugs and to get care in a timely manner.