As you’ve probably heard, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced that the U.S. is on track to have over 4,000,000 emergency room visits for “non-life-threatening” medical conditions by 2021.
These “nonlife-saving” visits are largely caused by the fact that we’re all now in the throes of a pandemic, and many of them are caused by a virus like the H1N1 coronavirus, or H1 N2 influenza.
These visits have become a real problem in our current health care system, as it is very difficult to see an actual doctor without having to drive an hour or more to get there.
However, there are a few things that can be done to help reduce the cost of seeing a doctor and save you money.
First, make sure you know what your medical conditions are before you visit your doctor.
If you have an incurable condition like an eye infection, check with your primary care provider first, because some of them may have the option of getting you a flu shot, or a prescription.
If they don’t, there’s a good chance they will.
Second, consider using a prepaid phone service like GoSmart or OnePaid.
These companies offer free phones, and their phones work by charging your card and then giving you a phone number to call.
These prepaid phones can be great when you have no other way to call for medical help, or you’re not sure where to go for help.
Third, be sure to have your credit card charged, as well.
Some insurance plans offer free auto-enrollment and auto-refunding if you’ve signed up for one of these plans, and they also charge a monthly fee of about $10 for most people.
These programs can help offset the cost to go to the doctor, and if you’re looking to get a prescription, there can be a lower-cost option like a drugstore pharmacy.
Lastly, don’t miss out on getting an emergency room check-up.
While most of us don’t want to pay a $500 emergency room bill, you still need to make sure that you can pay it off before you can see a provider.
If there’s an emergency or a chronic condition that requires a visit to the emergency room, a visit could be the first step toward that diagnosis.