Healthcare can be expensive, so here are 5 tips on how to get your money’s worth at the doctor’s office. They say an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and that is definitely true in regards to your health. Preventive healthcare helps avoid health expenses and illness down the road. (This includes taking care of your teeth, btw.) But when you do need to make a visit to the doctor’s office, follow these tips to get the most out of your visit.
1. Before the Appointment
Before you go to the doctor’s office, get prepared. Write out any questions you have for the doctor so you remember what you want to say. Also, write out any symptoms you’ve been experiencing. List both your personal and family medical history as well as any prescription medication you’re taking. This will help the doctor to have this information.
2. Making the Appointment
Schedule the appointment early in the morning or as close as possible to the time the office opens. This will save time so you are able to avoid waiting if the doctor gets behind schedule as the day goes on.
3. During the Appointment
Your time with the doctor might not be very long, so use it wisely. Ask your questions and make it clear why you’re there. Take notes during the appointment. It is so easy to forget the details discussed during your appointment, so feel free to take notes that you can look back over later. If the doctor writes you a prescription, ask for a generic version to save money. Many times there is a generic available that has the same active ingredients for a lower price.
4. After the Appointment
Keep any receipts from the doctor or medications you purchase. You may be able to pay with your Flexible Spending Account (FSA) or Health Savings Account (HSA) if you have either of these plans. These are beneficial in that they allow you to set aside pre-tax dollars for healthcare expenses, thus saving you money.
Your health should be a priority. Eating right, getting regular exercise, managing stress, brushing and flossing, and having regular checkups with a general practitioner and dentist should all be a part of your routine. A tube of toothpaste and a regular checkup cost a lot less (and hurt a lot less) than a cavity and filling.
Got a doctor’s appointment coming up? Can you use any of these tips to save?