Prepare to get your money’s worth at the doctor’s office by writing down each symptom and concern ahead of time. That way
you may not have to return so soon. Have a child with strep throat? If sibling’s throats also are sore, request a prescription
for them as well.
Save: $71, the cost of another appointment.
For routine problems, like an ear infection, try a walk-in clinic at a local pharmacy. If you’re uninsured, haven’t hit your
deductible, or have expensive co-insurance, you’ll save. (If you do have insurance, make sure the clinic accepts it).
Save: $55, the difference between an average doctor’s visit and a clinic treatment.
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If you have a chronic illness, ask your doctor if you can take part in a clinical trial, which could reduce or eliminate the
cost of your medical care (and medication). Trials exist on many conditions—more than 500 are ongoing in the United States
for type 2 diabetes alone. Find out more at clinicaltrials.gov.
Save: Thousands in treatment.
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Regular preventive screenings could catch medical problems early, saving you money and perhaps your life. A large number of
tests, including mammograms and blood pressure tests, might be available at no extra cost. Visit healthcare.gov for a list
of recommended procedures covered under the Affordable Care Act.
Save: Tens of thousands of dollars.
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Work for a big company with a nurse on staff? Consult her before you head to the doctor. Ditto for your kids: The school nurse
could save you a visit to the pediatrician.
Save: $71 on each appointment.
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When you have a reoccurring issue, like pinkeye, or simply need to refill a prescription, request a phone consultation. No
office visit, no co-pay.
Save: $71 each time.