Recently Dr. Oz did a segment on his show that was dedicated on how you can save money while at the doctor’s office. These tips range from how you can get some procedures for free at certain times to how you could get some tests at a discounted rate. Here is a brief summary of some of the tips he shared with his viewing audience:
Saving money at the gynecologist office:
The month of January is cervical cancer awareness month. On the 2nd Friday of January, many offices will offer pap smears for free. For more information on how you may get your free pap smear go to: http://www.incc/online.org.
Many physicians and hospitals will offer their patients discount cards for lab tests that range from testing pap smears to urine tests. These discounts can save patients as much as 10 to 30 percent. Just ask your physician about these.
October is Breast Awareness month. Many hospitals and doctors will offer free mammograms and breast exams during this month.
You can also go to CDC.gov to find out more information about these types of programs or call 1-800-CDC-Info and ask about free medical care.
Saving money at the dentist office:
Yes, if you are smart you can save money at the dentist office.
First, consider going to a dental school instead of the dentist office for routine dental care. You can save as much as 75% and there is an attending dentist that will be supervising the work.
Next consider the discounts that you may qualify:
• Cash discounts by paying in cash
• Friend referral discount when you referral new patients
• Multiple procedure discounts when you combine procedures
• Even discounts if you are unemployed or if you do not have insurance
You may be able to save money by purchases your contact lenses or even your eye glass frames online. Talk to your eye doctor and see if he/she can match any of these prices.
Most eye doctors and ophthalmologists will give senior citizens discounts on prescriptions and services.
Finally, no matter what type of doctor you are seeing doesn’t be afraid to speak up if you are having a financial problem. Most doctors and hospitals works with a social worker who knows of programs that might be able to help get you the services you need at a reduced rate. Ask. They are there to help you.
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