Should You Shop Around for Best Healthcare Costs? Yes! And Here’s How.

With consumer reviews, comparison sites, and easy access to product information, finding the best price and highest quality for goods and services is now easier than ever. Except for healthcare. Price shopping for healthcare services is nearly foreign. Not only are medical procedures complex with many specialized pieces to the puzzle, but the actual cost is shrouded in ambiguity. What does the full price of a coronary artery bypass cost? Well, it depends. Where do you live? Where are you getting it done? Who’s your healthcare provider? Who’s the practitioner? What does your plan cover? How soon do you need...
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Health Insurance – Not The Prescription Fix It Was Touted To Be

Handing over your health insurance card to the pharmacist is supposed to be the all-access pass to super prescription savings. You expect the co-pay to be negligible. You expect the savings you were promised. What you may be discovering, however, is that even insurance isn’t softening the blow of many prescription meds. D. Evans was faced with this harsh reality when she visited her longtime pharmacy of 18 years recently to fill her husband’s prescription. He was scheduled for an operation and the doctor had prescribed a drink mixture to be taken pre-procedure. When the pharmacist rang up the total,...
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2018 Flu Season: Why It’s So Bad and How To Avoid It

This year’s flu season is one of the harshest the US has seen in recent years. According to the CDC, a record number of people - 14,676 - have been hospitalized with the flu since October, the beginning of the flu season. And there are no signs the spread and severity of the flu will be lessening soon. In Oklahoma, 3,000 people have been hospitalized due to the illness, with 129 dying. That’s one number shy of meeting last year’s number of 130, which set the state’s death toll record.                    ...
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