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How to be a Wise Health Care Consumer
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alternatives are available, and what – if
any – differences there are in cost and
your doctor has little incentive to find the perfect balance between treatment
This edition of Know Your Employee
shares ways that you can
can help you better understand how his or her care decisions affect your
Health Care Costs and Your
health plan costs. It will also help your
doctor get to know you better, and consequently prescribe treatment that
health insurance premiums, are rising at an alarming rate. While this is not a
Make Careful Decisions about
recent increases is cause for concern for both employers and employees.
Ask Your Doctor Questions
much will my treatment cost?” “Can I
effective but less costly?” “What are
the risks?” “What are the side effects?”
the ability to recover in the comfort of
Zocor® is a registered trademark
prescription, ask if a generic equivalent is available. Your physician can
instruct your pharmacist to use a generic substitute.
In addition to generic drugs being less expensive than brand name drugs, you should also know that in most cases less expensive and more effective alternatives to some well-known drugs exist. Because of a surge in direct-to-consumer (DTC) marketing of prescription drugs, patients have become more familiar with certain drugs and often believe that these high profile, high cost drugs are automatically the best option for treating their condition.
For example, if you are diagnosed with high cholesterol, you may ask your doctor to prescribe Zocor® – a highly recognized drug because of aggressive consumer marketing – rather than asking your doctor to discuss all of the prescription options available to you. Conversely, a doctor may assume you would prefer Zocor, and unless you initiate a discussion about your other options, you may have lost an opportunity to have a treatment that is both less expensive and more effective.
Seek Outpatient Rather than
Outpatient care is often a much better alternative to inpatient care, for a variety of reasons. It can provide the same level of quality treatment as inpatient care, and is less costly.
If you need to have surgery, ask your doctor if laboratory tests can be done in a clinic rather than a hospital. Moreover, in many cases, the surgery itself can be performed in a clinic or outpatient surgical facility, often resulting in a better outcome for you. Outpatient surgical facilities give you
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