• Mayo Clinic experts share great treatment info & insights on various diseases and symptoms. There is also a First Aid Guide on handling medical emergencies.
• The National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other organizations created the MedLinePlus site:
+ It is an informative resource of health information and extensive medical treatment information. Plus it is easy to use.
+ Useful info on herbal remedies and supplements. These treatment alternatives can sometimes be effective but can also have harmful effects! Learn more about evidence-based info on the most popular supplements.
• Today, medical situations can result in "high" treatment costs, and the same treatment can vary significantly at different providers! Even in a local area!
What to do? When an MD says non-emergency treatment is needed, I recommend using Fair Health's system to check costs:
• There are videos on how to use it.
• You can check providecostsst in your area by selecting the following:
— green medical cost button then:
— in network bullet (more economical ) and Next below it
— enter your zip code
— one of the 24 blue buttons for the type of medical situation you are interested in
— you see one or more pages (usually) with additional choices
Then tell your MD you found the cost would be $_____ and would like to know their cost since you have a high deductible medical plan!
• In addition to checking the cost when any "elective" or non-emergency treatment is proposed— I also recommend getting a second opinion!
Why? 37% of the time, the second opinion suggested a change!