I am very pleased to announce . . .
A new resource to help with the high cost of your medical care–
Empowering the cost-conscious health care consumer
If you don’t currently have any medical cost concerns–great!
However, you might consider bookmarking or jotting down the name of the site for future reference, should you ever run into an expensive situation or want to further research a medical decision.
The website features a growing set of resources to help you take control of your health and health care costs.
Cultivating Healthcare Affordability with Social Media
Our flagship effort, the CHASM Project, allows you to connect with helpful resources via Facebook or Twitter.
A first in social media: information sharing and crowdsourcing to reduce everyone’s health care costs.
See you there!
Stephen Meyers, MD
I meet lots of people who have much to say about the cost of health care.
This week I witnessed two very different perspectives.
. . .
Yesterday I met with a pleasant man about my same age. One of our tasks was to choose a new medication for him to try.
I presented three good options, calling attention to the pros and cons of each, mentioning that one drug was far and away the most expensive.
His quick response?
“I don’t care how much it costs.
That’s the insurance company’s problem.”
Okay. I wasn’t expecting that.
Many people are unaware of all the medical benefits that they are eligible for.
Although many of the programs apply to individuals over age 65 or those with limited income, that is not always the case. Anyone can stand to gain by checking it out.
Here are three great resources for finding benefits that you might not have known about . . .
In further discussion on how individuals can reduce the cost of their care, Jesse Gruman, PhD posted an article, “Dicker With Your Doc? Not So Fast . . .” at the Health Care Blog.
Below is my response . . .
The recent post “How To Haggle With Your Doctor” in the New York Times prompted many thought-provoking comments by readers.
I decided to put my two cents in, as well . . .
Wow! This brief article has elicited emotions and accusations from all directions. The submitted comments highlight both the significance of healthcare costs and heated frustrations with the complexity of the payment system.
Have you ever been frustrated by an unproductive or inopportune visit with your doctor that wasted your time and money?
You can prevent that from happening again!
Many visits with healthcare providers are poorly timed and less productive than they could be. Why? Because nobody is looking out for you between visits.
It’s not that your doctor doesn’t care. He or she is simply too busy with clinical tasks to be able to optimize your visits.
As a result, you spend more money and get suboptimal care:
- Extra visits and additional costs at the pharmacy.
- Incorrect or unnecessary testing and treatment.
- Rushed decisions and explanations.
- Some visits are so handicapped by poor planning that they accomplish nothing, wasting both your time and money.
It is easy to minimize the number of visits and maximize the time with your doctor.
Read on to find out how.