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Save at the Doctor’s Office

Before you book a visit ask your insurer if the doctor is in your provider network; then double-check with the doctor’s office.  Check if he’s “in-network” and has a “current contract” with your insurer – not whether he “takes” your insurance.  Out-of-network doctors may “take” what your insurer pays and then bill you the balance…

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5 Hard Facts About Being A Caregiver

Are you a caregiver?  Did you become a caregiver overnight or was it a slow process and you saw it coming and you’ve been preparing?  Either way, below are 5 hard facts about being a caregiver that might make you think about “You”. 1.  FACT:  Almost 70% of caregivers are at a higher risk for…


The Importance of Creating A Personal Health History Record

The importance of creating a personal health history record for yourself and/or your family should be a household priority.  Unfortunately for most  it is not.  Studies show that people care more about their cars than they do about their own health information.  Having your health history organized provides you with conveniences such as saving valuable…

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Am I Being Charged a Fair Price for a Medical Procedure?

Having an unnecessary medical procedure can endanger you!  For example, every year one out of 10 people get CT scans, which deliver up to 1,000 times MORE potentially cancer-causing radiation than a conventional X-ray.  Always ask your doctor to describe the benefits of any medical procedure as well as the risks.  Since the cost of…

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My Prescription Dosage Was Denied by My Healthcare Carrier!

Recently my Mom started taking a new incontinence drug.  It worked, but not well enough.  Her doctor wrote a new script for a double dose.  The request was denied by her healthcare carrier.  We appealed four times and it was denied every time.  One of the nurses told me to contact Canada Drugs at 800-226-3784…

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Save on Prescriptions

When your doctor’s prescription pad comes out always ask “Why” she’s recommending a particular drug.  Then ask if there is an effective lower-cost alternative: an over the counter product or a generic.  Ask if she has any free samples.  Ask if you can take half the pill or maybe take it every other day.  If…

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Save on Lab Work

Ever wonder if you could save on your lab work?  Do you even know where your lab work goes?  Before anyone takes your blood (the pinch alone can cost $35), find out why it needs to be done and if the analysis will be performed at a lab in your network, and how much it…

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Would You Want To Be a Burden to Your Kids?

I would not want any of my children caring for me if I was a burden to them.  This article makes you pause..  http://www.caring.com/questions/is-it-wrong-to-force-a-caregiver-to-support-themselves