Four Ways to Save Time and Money on Your Healthcare

With so much to do every day, it can be hard to find time for your health. Here are four ways to make it easier for you to give your health the attention it deserves.

December 21, 2016 | HF Healthy Living Team

Taking good care of your health may be easier than you think! Check out these four ways to save time (and money!) on your medical visits, your prescription drugs, and getting the care you need.

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Telemedicine

Have you heard of telemedicine? It’s a way to get in to see a doctor without going anywhere! With a telemedicine program, you can connect to board-certified doctors through video or audio chat from your phone or computer any time of day, any day of the year. You can get help diagnosing and treating non-emergency conditions like rash, pink eye, cold, flu, and more. Doctors can also provide some prescriptions through telemedicine consultations.

If you have a health insurance plan, you may be able to access telemedicine for no added cost. Check with your health insurance provider to see if telemedicine is part of your benefits and which services are covered.

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Urgent Care Centers

If you experience a non-life-threatening medical condition, urgent care centers are a good alternative to the Emergency Room (ER). The costs of visits to urgent care are often lower and the wait times shorter than those to the ER.

Visit urgent care for help with conditions like fever, flu, earache, upset stomach, sprains, and stitches.

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Mail-Order Prescriptions

Can’t make it to the pharmacy regularly to pick up your prescription drugs? You may be able to get them mailed to your home. Some prescriptions are available through mail order in as much as a 90-day supply. Check with your insurance provider to see if this option is available to you.

In network Referrals
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Referrals

Some visits to specialists can end up costing a lot, especially if you go out-of-network. If you need to see a specialist, ask your doctor for an in-network referral to help keep costs at a minimum. You may be able to see a specialist sooner if your doctor’s office makes your appointment for you. So ask your doctor’s office to schedule your specialist visit at the time when you receive your referral.

Always check with your health insurance provider to see which doctors, specialists, and services are covered under your health insurance plan.

Looking for more ways to save time? Check out these six ways to see a doctor faster.

 

© 2016 HF Management Services, LLC.

Healthfirst is the brand name used for products and services provided by one or more of the Healthfirst group of affiliated companies.

This health information or program is for educational purposes only and not intended to treat, diagnose, or act as a substitute for medical advice from your provider. Consult your healthcare provider and always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions.

Sources
“5 Tips for a Smooth Doctor’s Visit,” U.S. News and World Report. April 24, 2013.
http://health.usnews.com/health-news/health-wellness/articles/2013/04/24/5-tips-for-a-smooth-doctors-visit

“Telemedicine,” Medicaid.gov. Accessed November 16, 2016.
https://www.medicaid.gov/medicaid/benefits/telemed/index.html

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