Saving money on health care

**Saving money on health care**



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Easy ways to cut the cost of your medical bills in half.
health premiums have increased by ninety-seven percent that's no surprise to consumers who see the decrease in their paychecks from employers but there are ways to save up frontal medical expenses on your side consumer advocate Jen Strassmann is here tonight but how to bid on health care it doesn't matter if you have insurance you're uninsured or underinsured there are simple steps you can take to save money without compromising on the quality we shop for deals to restaurants clothing stores and spas so why not shop for health care savings it's different Tom mirror is willing to try new ways to slash his health care bills he saved fifty percent on a routine lab test just by bidding for the test on a slight cold bid on health it's kind of like Priceline for the hotel business like Priceline you name the price for the health test you want in Cleveland and Akron there are over 80 for lab tests you can bid on after your price is accepted you find out the name of the lab I go to a Medical Center and go directly to a very well-known recognized name in the laboratory services business tom was paying thirty dollars on a pocket for the test he now pays just fifteen dollars if the quality of the care or in this case the quality of laboratory work is equal then I don't see any reason why you would not try to find a less expensive alternative in Ohio bid on health only offers lab work it helps to add radiology soon the site is already testing that option in two states such as doctor approved I think that anything that helps people be healthy and have healthy wallets is a good thing dr. Scott Frank is the director for the Master of Public Health Program at case western reserve university school of medicine he says cost is a discussion with more than half his patients well I think it starts from the fact that our health care system is basically broken and the cost of care has gone too high to cut costs shop around for medical care Ohio hospitals list their prices for the top tests and procedures on their website and call different facilities for pricing into it labs and imaging centers charts cheaper fees for example a local hospital charges more than forty four hundred dollars for an MRI of the abdomen an imaging center we checked charges nineteen hundred dollars that's a difference of fifty-five percent offer to pay cash and you might save even more dr. Frank encourages his patients to look for these cheaper options but he says you need to be careful I think the mistake would be if people start to consider themselves their own doctor and aren't working with a health professional to make decisions that are evidence-based some money saving offers don't even require a doctor's prescription we saw a Groupon for three hundred and forty dollars worth of lab tests the cost on the daily deal site just forty nine dollars a Center in turn to see what the company is telling patients $49 our intern got a thyroid liver kidney glucose and cholesterol test vivienne look it's the creatinine which is kidney functions electrolytes suppose that was the only explanation given and the lab didn't want to talk about this offer on camera the results are mailed to the patients dr. Frank said you need to proceed with caution when trying to read the result on your own just because your results are two points above or below the average doesn't mean you have a health problem the amount of anxiety that we see even when you have somebody to help interpret them is very high daily deal sites like groupon and livingsocial are also a good way to save on dental services one dentist told me many people began cutting back on dental visits when the economy did so he began offering cheap exams on daily deal sites on your side Jen strothman newsChannel 5 if you

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