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Need help staying healthy, wealthy and wise? Follow these simple tips to save on medical costs.


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Ask your doctor about cheaper pills

Print out your insurer’s list of approved drugs from its website and bring the list to your next doctor’s appointment. That way, your doctor can see if one drug is more economical for you than a comparable one, perhaps because of a less expensive co-pay.

Negotiate with your pharmacist and physician

Many pharmacies match competitors’ lower prices, though you may need to request it. (The websites of some state health departments publish drug prices of local pharmacies, making it easy to compare.) Certain pharmacies, such as those in the Supervalu network, including Osco and Sav-On, offer price matching as a routine policy. will match prices on a 90-day supply.

If you recently lost your health insurance, ask your doctor to cut you a break. Say, “I now have to pay for my own care, so would you accept the same amount you received from my insurance in the past?” Your former insurer may have paid 60 percent of the list price for an office visit.

Price-shop a  procedure

Before undergoing an elective medical procedure, such as LASIK eye surgery or dental veneers, find out how much this costs. Knowing the range can help you choose between comparable care providers. lists what it considers to be a fair price, based on how much providers receive from insurers. For example, if you’re in need of knee arthroscopy in Denver, Healthcare Blue Book says a fair price for the procedure at a hospital would be $6,980 (that includes the physician’s fee and anesthesia)., a similar site, shows what health care providers actually charge consumers, on average, based on its surveys. Its figure for knee arthroscopy at a Denver hospital: $11,500.

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