Become an Empowered & Educated Healthcare Consumer

 In Health Care, Health Insurance, Insurance Billing, Medical Billing

Do you find yourself surprised when you see the total costs of your family’s medical bills?

It’s not unusual for people to wait until they get a bill before they know how much their medical services cost. Oftentimes, families trust the doctor, and medical staff, and don’t ask questions ahead of time like educated consumers. Would you have a repair person begin work before knowing what the repair would cost? It makes more sense to become an empowered and educated healthcare consumer when it comes to you and your family’s health. In this article we’ll provide you with some strategies towards taking control of your medical bills. Additionally, our professional advocates here at Amazing Healthcare Consultants can negotiate ahead of time with doctors, hospitals or insurance providers on your behalf. Even if you don’t have health insurance, we can help!

Here are a couple helpful tips.

Get Estimates on Cost Before Your Office Visit

It’s important to prepare yourself for a doctor’s visit and the likely medical fees. Don’t be afraid to speak out and ask questions. It’s best to call the doctor or hospital beforehand to discuss a reasonable estimate on price. You can then call your insurance provider to see how much of these costs will be covered by your insurance plan. Many insurance companies have dedicated customer support phone lines. Don’t be intimidated to pick up the phone. These services exist to help you.

Speak up During Your Visit

You are well within your rights as a consumer to tell your doctor that you don’t want a specific test performed. A good question to ask is, “Is this test vital to the diagnosis of my condition?”,or “What will happen if I don’t take this test?” It’s also okay to say “I don’t have medical insurance or I am responsible for much of my healthcare costs, and I’m on a tight budget. Please only order or recommend the tests that I absolutely need.” There’s no reason to feel bad about speaking up. This is your right as a consumer.

At Amazing Healthcare Consultants, we recognize that not everyone is comfortable speaking to doctors, hospitals or insurance providers. And many people don’t have the time it often takes to get the information and answers they need. Our specialists can work on your behalf. Give us a call. We’re here to help.

 

Carol Gordon DeVore, M.D.

Carol Gordon DeVore, M.D.

Founder & Patient Advocate at Amazing Healthcare Consultants
Twenty nine years as a physician have brought me great personal and professional satisfaction, but a new passion has driven me to change directions within the healthcare system. I'm acutely aware of the confusion and frustration that patients face as they navigate the healthcare "maze" and look forward to helping patients in many new ways as a private healthcare advocate.
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