Save Big on Health Care

May 20, 2009 TIPS FOR SAVING: Some ways to save on health care include:

Negotiate: According to a survey in the Wall Street Journal, 70 percent of people who negotiated a health care bill got a lower price.

Add up your charges: If your medical and dental bills add up to more than 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income, you can get a tax deduction.

Check out high deductible plans: As employee out-of-pocket costs continue to rise, high-deductible health plans may make sense for some people. You pay a lower premium and then fund the deductible through a health savings account. Many high deductible plans pay for physicals and other preventive health benefits, which could potentially lower costs even more (Source:

Shop around for drugs: Many insurers offer their own mail-order services that can help you save one-third to one-half each year on costs for regular prescriptions. Some pharmacies, like Wal-Mart, also offer prescription programs (Source: In addition, there are online options like that offer popular drugs for a discount.

Become a medial tourist: The idea of traveling to cheaper places for expensive procedures is growing. There are even cheaper places in the United States. For instance, according to Aetna, an in-network cholesterol screening is $21 in Cincinnati vs. $61 in northern California. An arthroscopic knee or shoulder surgery in these same cities is $6,308 vs. $7,156. It may not always justify the trip, but sometimes your savings will (Source:

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Diana Guayara, Media Coordinator Coral Springs Medical Center Coral Springs, FL (954) 344-3329

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