Doctors: Getting Healthcare in Hard Times

SEATTLE, April 8 (UPI) — As consumers wait for healthcare reform to be fully implemented — it will take up to three years — U.S. doctors suggest how to get the most for your money.

Physicians at The Polyclinic in Seattle say economic worries often result in many putting off care in an attempt to minimize spending. However, this can result in increased costs as conditions worsen.

The physicians at The Polyclinic suggest:

– Know your benefits because many health insurance plans are designed to have the least out-of-pocket expenses to stay healthy or manage chronic conditions.

– To lower medication costs, ask if a generic alternative is available, ask your doctor if you still need all the medications you are currently taking and shop around because pharmacies do not charge the same.

– Get physical and well checks done, especially if you fear you may lose health insurance later.

– Call customer service representative at your healthcare provider to see if you can set up a payment plan to get treatment or preventive care.

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