15 Easy Ways to Cut Health Care Costs Without Cutting Quality

Health care is a hot topic these days, and there have been plenty of changes in how it works in this country in recent years. But one fact remains a constant: People want to get their money's worth from their medical spending. We asked several health care experts for their best advice on how you can get the maximum care for a minimum of your hard-earned cash. Here's what they told us:

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When I left Douglas Corp. my healthcae insurance stopped. If I had gotten ill I would have been wiped out financially. So out of desperation I had to start living healthy - lost weight, joined a fitness club, started bicycle cardio, cut down on high fat high cholesterol foods, took better care of my teeth, and became more safety minded. Funny thing happened - I started to feel better than I ever did in my life.
Losing my health insuarance was the best thing that ever happened to me and I never got sick.

July 16 2014 at 5:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to alfredschrader's comment

When did you become a compulsive liar ?

July 16 2014 at 6:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Oh my what a tall tail dear. Have you been taking lying lessons from President Obama darling?

July 24 2014 at 9:05 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

the completely uninformed believe in death panels. completely clueless as to what hospice care is today. but lucky they do not need it.********If you believe that countries like Canada or the UK are preferable models to our own, you clearly don’t understand how their model works ( …they actually have “ rationed care”). Then you demonize insurance companies for making the same hard decisions that would simply be made by the government under national-payer. Rationing : “Everything is Free but Nothing is Readily Available” (Frogue et al, 2001)

July 16 2014 at 5:40 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

It’s dumbfounding that people believe we cannot afford to pay for doctors, hospitals, and medication put somehow belief it to be entirely affordable to pay for doctors, hospitals, medication and a government bureaucracy to administer it.

July 16 2014 at 5:31 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

With an aging and growing population and over a decade of two wars, the demand for health care is soaring. Toss in unhealthy lifestyles, obesity, and stress related health conditions (the consequence of economic issues — e.g. loss of income, debt, foreclosures, etc.) and the situation is exacerbated. Further, every single person in the country, at some point in time, is going to demand services from the healthcare system. Be it providing prenatal care, signing a death certificate, and everything between, everyone will be attended by a physician at one time or another. And, this is the crux of the matter. The number of physicians feeding their respective systems determines the number of hospitals that can survive, the number of prescriptions written, the quantity of medical devices and supplies purchased, and, more importantly, the number of patients that can be adequately served. And here is the sad truth. Of the 34 OECD nations, the US ranks 27th in the number of physicians per 1,000 (behind Slovenia) with 2.5 versus the OECD average of 3.2. To make matters worse, we rank 29th in medical graduates per 100,000 (behind Turkey) with 6.5 versus the OECD average of 10.6. With increasing demand — we are adding one net person to the population every 14 seconds — and limited supply, and the fact that the physician population drives the entire healthcare system, it is of little surprise that healthcare costs are out of control. The healthcare available is rationed by price — where demand exceeds supply, competition is not a factor. Why is the VA healthcare system foundering? Same reason, there are not enough physicians to go around. Additional pressure is added by where these physicians choose to practice. Washington D.C. has 1 licensed physician for every 63.4 residents; Texas, at the other extreme, has one for every 379. 2 residents.. Want to solve the problem? Make increasing the physician population a national priority and do whatever is necessary to achieve it. In 2012 about 25% of the licensed physician population in the U.S. was not “home grown” but imported from another country. Want to point a finger at someone? What body determines how many physicians will be trained and allowed to practice? It is not the government.

July 16 2014 at 3:24 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to drbobdez's comment

Of course government payment cuts to physician's and hospitals will remedy this shortage. In the ensuing years, one better brush up on their Mandarin, Korean, Hindi and Spanish if they want to understand their AMERICAN doctor.

July 16 2014 at 5:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The best way to save on health care is to avoid doctors at all costs. I am 42 years old, and other than an appendectomy which ran me $4500, I have never needed a doctor for anything. I never bought health insurance. I never feared the unknown. My friend who is a soda truck delivery driver for 7up pays through the nose for insurance, and his wife has a fatty tissue near a gland in her face which isn't threatening her life, just making her put on weight. The medical people have made her take over 8 different tests which my friend has to pay 50% for... The hospitals are just raping his insurance and my friend for all they can get.. They would have been smarter to go to Mexico and have the surgery already.

July 16 2014 at 1:00 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to socioeconomist1's comment

Obamacare has lined up the medical field to get paid very well jerking patients around instead of helping them.

July 16 2014 at 1:01 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to socioeconomist1's comment

the con-artist, and attorneys that sue over every item are the major cause****** Look out mac, you're disparaging one of the largest groups of liberal Obama supporters in the country, ambulance chasing trial attorneys !

July 16 2014 at 5:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down

The best way to cut your health costs in America Inc is to cut your throat

July 15 2014 at 5:09 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to weilunion's comment

You start first.

July 16 2014 at 5:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

Perhaps you would like to perform a demonstration on yourself darling.

July 24 2014 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Leroy Gd

vote out the socialist democratic party maggots as soon as you can. That will save the working people money. The 47% parasites will have to start taking care of themselves.

July 15 2014 at 4:42 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Leroy Gd's comment

You mean socialism for the rich, right? The rich own your government

July 15 2014 at 5:09 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

I am on two medications which recently came out in generics. I was told by my pharmacist that it generally takes Medicare at least six months to recognize the generics. Why get the generic if the brand name costs the same amount? Or, why can't Medicare operate like an efficient organization as do as everyone says -- ie, allow patients to save money by switching to generics.

July 15 2014 at 4:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply