Welcome back for Part 2 of our 5-part blog series on Tips to save money on all your health care needs. If you have already read the first part then you know that the tips and advice to follow are really quite good. If you’re just joining us than welcome! You’re in for quite a treat because the tips and advice we have for you below will soon have you saving all sorts of money on all your different healthcare needs. With that in mind, and without further ado, let’s get started. Enjoy.
- While we agree that therapy can be very helpful for many different types of psychological and physiological problems the cost is, shall we say, a bit pricey. If you’d like to talk to a social worker, marriage counselor, psychiatrist or psychologist there are a number of new websites online where you can get an E-therapy session for as little as $1.60 per minute.
- Depending on the type of procedure you need, looking into medical tourism may save you thousands of dollars. For example, in the United States the average cost to have knee replacement surgery is approximately $40,000 whereas in Thailand it is only about $10,000. It would pay to research your options well and consult anyone who has had the same procedure before actually going forward but, frankly, you can save enough on one procedure to go back five times for follow-up if need be.
- Search your local area for any massage therapy schools and give them a call. Many times you will find students who, in order to get their credits, need to give a specific amount of massages to the community for free. We don’t know about you but a free massage sounds pretty nice to us.
- Depending on the type of medication that you’re taking you can sometimes find free samples at the pharmacy or get them from your medical doctor. Oftentimes you will find that your eye doctor is giving out free contact lens cleaners and solution as well. Don’t be afraid to ask for these great freebies because your doctor isn’t paying for them either.
- Speaking of your medical doctor, always inquire as to the availability of generic medications. Just like at the grocery store you can sometimes find excellent value and practically identical results with generic medications.
- If you are taking a medication long-term and know that you will be taking it into the future check into mail order prescription services. Many times you will find that mail-order prescriptions are up to 30% cheaper than the same medication at your local pharmacy. While you are at it, always check to see if there are any special deals that you can take advantage of like buying two months’ worth of medication and getting one month for free.
- Oftentimes you will find flu vaccines are much cheaper at your local grocery store and drugstore than they are at your doctor’s office. In some cases there are even retailers that are offering free vaccines to people who are unemployed or are senior citizens.
- Speaking of groceries stores many offer low-cost self-screening tools such as blood pressure cuffs, cholesterol screenings and blood glucose tests. Many of these services are free as well.
- People with diabetes use a blood glucose monitor that can be quite expensive over time. Some of the monitor makers, like Abbott Laboratories, will give you a free monitor if you register on their site as well as coupons, discounts, and even online consultations.
Well that’s it for Part 2. We hope that you have found many or all of these tips to be helpful and have already started using them to save some money. (We will admit to liking #3 the best.) If you’re keen on getting more of the same excellent tips and advice please make sure to come back and join us very soon for Part 3. Until then, take care and stay healthy.