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Every doctor who examines you while you are staying in the hospital will charge you. Even the doctor who pops his head in to ask how you are doing and orders some meds will charge for the visit. This is why it is important to maintain a good relationship with your primary care physician. If he or she agrees that no other physician needs to see you, be sure you are not charged. Your primary care doctor should let you know when a specialist or another physician is needed.
The single best way to save thousands on your health-care bills--and, help you live longer too, but be sure you do not overdo it. The U.S. preventative Services Task Force has recommended: Periodic blood pressure checkups for all adults, total blood cholesterol measurement for men between 35 and 65 and women 45 and 65, screening for colorectal cancer for those over 50, mammogram for women between 50 and 69, Pap smears every three years for sexually active women, vision tests for those children entering school and for the elderly, and tests for elderly people to access hearing loss. A more complete list can be downloaded at the American Academy of American Physicians website at www.aafp.org/online/en/home/membership/resources/aafp-pda-downloads/clinprev.html or more general preventative and management guidelines can be found at the National Guideline Clearinghouse at http://www.guideline.gov/resources/pda.aspx Check with your doctor to determine how often you should be screening for certain disease and which ones. Depending on your family history of diseases, you may find yourself altering some of the ages or even screenings.
The following are some other preventative measure that will help you save on your healthcare bills.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|