101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care: Tips to Help You Spend Smart and Stay Healthy

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Penguin, Sep 1, 2010 - Health & Fitness - 304 pages
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"Dr. Cynthia Koelker gives us the inside scoop on how to save money at the doctor's office and still get great care. Even if you have insurance, 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care will still help you save your hard-earned cash."
-Elizabeth Cohen, MPH, CNN senior medical correspondent, author of The Empowered Patient

For over twenty years, Ohio-based family physician Dr. Cynthia J. Koelker has made it her mission to help people lower their health care expenses. Now, in 101 Ways to Save Money on Health Care, Dr. Koelker shares her insider tips and information so that you too can save hundreds (even thousands!) without sacrificing your health.

101 Ways is loaded with simple, easy-to-understand tips on topics that everyone will find useful, including:

*How to save money on brand name drugs
*How to cut costs for chronic problems-from asthma to allergies
*How to ask for a hospital discount (it's easier than you think!)
*Ways to save money on glasses and contacts
*What websites you can trust to give you the best health information

Whether you are uninsured, or just looking to save money, this invaluable guide will show you how to stay healthy and hold onto your hard-earned dollars.

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1 Avoid unnecessary doctor visits
2 Partner with your doctor
3 See your family doctor not a specialist
4 See the right eye doctor for you
5 Plan ahead and combine visits
6 Organize your thoughts
7 Lengthen the interval between visits
8 If possible avoid urgent visits
54 Financial means testing
55 Health department services
56 An appointment for test results?
57 Take advantage of health fair screenings
58 Lengthen the interval between tests
59 Making sense of strep and mono tests
60 Who reads your Xray?
61 Dont gounless you have to

9 Ask to pay by the hour
10 Ask your doctor for a discount
11 Know your formulary
12 Look for coupons
13 Ask about price matching
14 Consider pill splitting
15 Save money on brandname drugs
16 Check out the 4 list
17 Request drug samples
18 Look into patient assistance programs
19 Combine pills and save
One pill two effects
Save money on immunizations
22 Plan for Paps
23 Minimize your mammogram expense
24 Skip the annual physical?
25 Sports and work physicals
To scope or not to scope?
Can you buy peace of mind with a PSA?
Free and lowcost testing
Balancing your bones and your budget
When it makes sense and when it doesnt
Dont sneeze at these savings
Soothe your aching bones
Spend less and breathe easier
Spend less and stay happy
Sweet deals to keep your sugar under control
Sweet dreams and sleep soundly
Analyze your annoying acid
Take the tension out of hypertension
Fatten your wallet not your blood
Sweet savings to shrink your surplus
41 Athletes foot and other foot fungi
42 Broken toes and painful pinkies
43 Laryngitis and pharyngitis sore throat
Infected earrings
45 Pink eye conjunctivitis
46 Sinusitis
47 Sprained ankle
48 Bee stings and bug bites
49 Stomach flu acute gastroenteritis
50 Yeast infections monilia candidiasis
51 Can that Xray wait?
52 Ask for an HMO discount
53 Comparison shop for blood work
62 Bring your own medications
63 Request an itemized bill
64 Ask for a hospital discount
65 Limit the length of your hospital stay
66 Refuse unnecessary testing and treatment
67 Should you use a teaching hospital?
68 Avoid a dozen different doctors
69 Avoid duplicate tests
70 Have a holiday with that hernia repair
71 Goodwill wheelchairs
72 Home breathing treatments
73 Eyeglasses and contact lenses
74 Dental discounts
75 Physical therapy versus chiropractic
76 Hearing tests and hearing aids
77 Mental health
78 Exercise versus physical therapy
79 Lab testing at home
80 Herbal medicines and supplements
81 Waste that wart
82 Calm the carpal tunnel
84 Tape the tear
85 Band your tennis elbow
86 Taper the tobacco
87 Butcher the bugs
88 Eradicate the rash
89 Heal the hemorrhoids
90 Abolish the acne
The H2s
The PPIs
The NSAIDs and acetaminophen
The antihistamines
The antifungals
Thinking ahead
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at wwwcdcgov
WebMD at wwwwebmdcom
National Health Service Corps
Military Health Care Scholarships

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About the author (2010)

Cynthia Koelker, M.D., is a board-certified family physician with degreesfrom MIT, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and theUniversity of Akron. She served in the National Health Service Corps tofinance her medical education. She practices medicine in Akron, Ohio.

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