• Mayo Clinic experts share great treatment info & insights on various diseases, conditions, 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 with:
+ extensive medical treatment information & is easy to use.
+ useful info on herbal remedies and supplements. These are effective at times but can also have harmful effects! Learn more about the evidence based info on the most popular supplements.
• In addition, to "big" treatment costs a specific treatment/procedure 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.
• You can check provider cost in your area by selecting the:
— 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 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!