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  • 8 Tips For Reducing What You Spend On Healthcare



    Save Money On Healthcare Cost Save Money On Healthcare Cost

    In an age where people are committed to finding ways to save money, no corner can be left unturned. So along with using coupons for groceries and removing unnecessary stations from cable bills—or eliminating cable altogether—more and more people are starting to cut back on their expenses by minimizing healthcare costs.

    Although the Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, was meant to streamline the cost of healthcare, many people have actually seen a rise in insurance premiums and out of pocket expenses. And unless Obamacare is going to get another makeover in the near future, it seems as if cutting down the cost of healthcare expenses is now solely up to you. Luckily, even if you are stuck with a hefty premium, there are plenty of other ways you can decrease the cost of healthcare.


    1. Opt to buy generic.

    It doesn't if you are purchasing prescription drugs or some general medical items, such as bandages, you can save a significant amount of money by buying generic instead of name brand. If you are purchasing prescriptions, be sure to talk with your doctor, the pharmacist or pharmacy tech about generic options that are more affordable. These individuals will be able to save you a significant amount of money simply by changing brands. And don’t worry, most generic medications are the same as name brand, so you won’t be forgoing quality.

    If you are in need of any medical supplies, opt for the generic brand over the name brand. If you are purchasing these items from your local pharmacy, choose the pharmacy’s brand instead of the name brand. You’ll be amazed at how much you can save by doing so.


    2. Join rewards clubs.

    Joining rewards clubs can be a great way to save money on healthcare. Pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens have their own rewards clubs that allow members to save money on purchases. Plus, some of these rewards clubs even provide you with perks, such as money back, after making so many purchases or filling so many prescriptions. Find out which rewards clubs are the best choice for you, and sign up as soon as possible to start saving money and reaping the rewards.


    3. Make more purchases online.

    The Internet is at your fingertips, and it can be a valuable asset to help you save money on healthcare costs. Instead of only visiting your local pharmacies, do your healthcare shopping online. You may find that an online medical supply company can save you a lot more money than any local pharmacy. Spend some time researching different companies and finding the websites that provide exactly what you need at the best price.


    4. Buy in bulk.

    Stores like Costco and Sam’s Club are notorious for selling anything in bulk, and healthcare supplies are included. Sometimes buying a bulk amount of pain medication, bandages, or any other type of medical need you have can be a great way to save money. Plus, having so much on hand means that you don’t have to run out and buy it all the time, which is a great convenience as well.


    5. Talk with your doctor.

    If you have a healthcare cost budget, be sure to talk with your doctor about it. Not only will your doctor be able to prescribe you generics to help you save money, but he or she will also be able to provide you with samples of medication they have on hand, which is a great money saver. Plus, your doctor may also be able to prescribe your medication in bulk orders that you can get through the mail or online for an additional savings.


    6. Opt to use free health clinics.

    If you want to save money on doctor visits, you can always opt to go to the free health clinic for your medical needs instead of a private doctor. Although the weight times are usually long and the staff is usually overworked, free health clinics can be a great way to eliminate the high doctor bills. Look online to find the closest free clinic in your area and try it out one time for your medical needs to see if it’s a solid choice to help you save money.


    7. Use available technology.

    With all the technology available at your fingertips, you should start using it to save some money on your healthcare costs. Many pharmacies provide online coupons you can use to reduce the costs of your needs. Plus, these pharmacies also have online rewards clubs that allow you to receive alerts for member-only savings.

    You should also look into smartphone apps, such as LowestMed, that can tell you which pharmacy or store in your area has the lowest price for certain medications you have a prescription for. Knowing that a certain store will charge you $10 less for the same prescription can help keep money in your pocket.


    8. Shop around for the best price.

    When it comes to your healthcare coverage, you could save some money by shopping around. If you are paying for your own insurance, find an insurance broker to help you find the best possible coverage for the best possible price. Even saving $20 a month on your insurance premium will add up to a $240 savings every year.

    If you receive your insurance through work, ask your employers or human resources department if there are different healthcare coverage options to choose from. Most companies will provide employees the option of an HMO or a PPO, so be sure to review all of your coverage options and choose the one that has the lower premium. Keep in mind, though, that lowering your premium may typically result in less coverage, so be sure to review your options thoroughly.

    When reviewing policies, it’s also a good idea to remove any unnecessary items. For example, some insurance companies allow you to add vision insurance or long-term disability insurance, but with companies like America’s Best and Aflac, these benefits may not be worth their cost, especially if you won’t use it often enough.

    , © Cristia Medical Supply, Inc.

  • Post-Baby Care for Mama: 7 Essentials to Make Recovery Easier


    mother and babyHaving a baby is one of the most beautiful things you will ever experience in your life, but it will also be one of the most painful to overcome. Having a baby puts your body through the ringer, and although you’ll be amazed at exactly what it can do when it comes to having a child, you’ll also dread the post-baby care.


    If this is your first time having a baby, you may be unprepared for exactly what will be in store for you after your baby is born and after you make it home safely. But reading up on books and articles to give you tips on what to expect as well as what to prepare for, will help you feel more ready for your post-baby care. The following are just some of the basic essentials you will need to make your recovery easier.




    1. Comfortable Clothes

    Don’t even think about your pre-baby clothes. Sure, some of the weight from the baby may be gone, but your body is not ready to fit in those clothes just yet. Plus, you’re not going to want to fit in those clothes just yet. Your body is still sore. It’s still swollen. And you may even have incisions from the birth of your child. If you really want to prepare for post-baby, make sure you stock up on comfortable clothes. Oversized t-shirts, yoga pants, sweat pants, and even yes, still maternity clothes, are your safest bet. Not only will these make you fell comfortable when you’re not feeling so hot, but considering that you will end up being peed on, pooped on, spit up on, or leaking, you’ll want to ruin these comfy clothes more than any piece of clothing you value.


    2. Cabbage

    This may sound like an old wives tale, but this is something you will definitely want in your house after you have your baby. Your breasts are going to become large and sore when they start to fill up with milk, and in order to cure this pain and keep the milk from leaking, you’ll want to put leaves of cabbage on your breasts. Cabbage contains the right ingredients that not only reduce pain, but also reduce swelling. In fact, cabbage has been used as an anti-inflammatory and pain reducer since the 1800s. So right before baby is born, make sure you have plenty of cabbage in the house.


    3. Diapers

    And we don’t mean for the baby. After you have a baby, your body is going to take a while to get back to normal. If you had a vaginal birth, you are going to bleed and leak fluids for a few days after your baby is born, which means that you are going to want to invest in some adult diapers or oversized menstrual pads to help keep this from making a mess in your clothes. Even if you had a c-section, it’s still possible you may suffer from these post-baby side effects too, especially if you tried to have a vaginal birth first.


    4. Gauze and Medical Tape

    If you had a c-section, you will need to take care of your incision once you get home. Although your doctor will have stapled or sewed you back together, you’ll want to keep the incision covered so that your clothing doesn’t irritate it or that it doesn’t become infected. This usually requires gauze or dressing that you can place over the wound to keep it clean. Stock up on gauze and medical tape before you have your baby so that you have it readily available to you when you arrive home.


    5. Oversized Underwear

    If you had a c-section, the incision across your lower abdomen will be a nuisance, especially since it will bother you when you’re sitting or lying down. And since it will likely be covered with gauze and medical tape, you’ll need to ensure you are wearing clothing that doesn’t irritate the wound. This is why you need to invest in oversized underwear. Wearing underwear larger than your normal size will ensure the seam of the underwear does not touch the incision, which could cause irritation or even infection. Plus, considering you may be wearing a diaper or pad, oversized underwear is just what the doctor ordered.


    6. Syringe and Saline Solution

    As mentioned early, after having a vaginal birth, you will experience bleeding and leaking from your vagina for a few days after having the baby. Since you don’t want to risk infection, you will not be allowed to use toilet paper when you go to the bathroom for the first week or so after the baby is born. In order to clean yourself, you’ll need to use a syringe to wash the area with saline solution and dab it dry. Having a few syringes on hand is a great idea just in case one becomes lost or dirty. Plus, saline solution is great for so many other things that having it around the house can benefit you in so many ways.


    7. A Great Support Team

    Having friends and family members around to help take care of you and the baby during the first few weeks is not only acceptable, but also welcoming. Don’t try to do everything on your own just to prove that you can. Let your husband bring you breakfast in bed and get up with the baby while you get some rest. Have your older children do chores around the house so that you don’t have to. And yes, allow your mother or mother in law to come over and work her magic so that you can recuperate. If you try to do too much too fast, you could be putting yourself at risk for injury, and that’s the last thing your little newborn needs.

    , © Cristia Medical Supply, Inc

  • Ebola and Other Deadly Diseases: How to Prepare Yourself When Traveling Abroad


    The deadly Ebola Virus Halts Travel The deadly Ebola Virus Halts Travel


    With the recent outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in West Africa, many people—and countries—are taking precautions to keep the virus from spreading. Officials in Hong Kong as well as the United Kingdom are forcing passengers arriving from the infected country to be quarantined, and some countries are halting air travel to West Africa altogether for the time being.

    When it comes to traveling to another country, the last thing you want to do is come home with a disease or illness. Although this outbreak of Ebola is not a typical occurrence, traveling to another country can put your health at risk if you’re not prepared. Whether you are a seasoned traveler or a virgin jet-setter, it is important to take the necessary health precautions before traveling abroad. For more information about disease prevention while traveling abroad, be sure to visit the Centers for Disease Control.




    Educate yourself on local diseases.

    Before you buy your plane ticket, do your research. Arm yourself with as much information you can about the area you plan to visit, the diseases that are prevalent in the area, and the steps you need to take in order to vaccinate yourself against these diseases. The Center for Disease Control website is a great place to start, as it will tell you specifically what vaccinations you need in order to travel to specific countries. You may find that the area you plan to visit is perfectly fine, or you may find that there are a variety of diseases you need to prepare for.

    Knowing this information early is important because some vaccinations require multiple rounds. For example, if you are supposed to leave in a week and the vaccination requires multiple shots three months apart, you won’t be able to go on your trip. Educating yourself will allow you to plan your trip around your vaccination schedule.

    Consult with your physician.

    Before you plan a trip out of the country, it is important that you first consult with your physician. Not only will they be able to administer the vaccinations you need, but they will also be able to first tell you if you are even healthy enough to travel. Depending on your current medical condition, your doctor may warn you against visiting certain countries that could be your health at greater risk.

    If your doctor gives you the all clear, you will also want to use his or her knowledge to medically prepare you for the trip. For example, if you are currently taking medications, you will need your doctor to prescribe you enough to last for the duration of your trip. You do not want to make the long trip to another country just to realize you do not have enough medication on hand to last. If this happens, you may have a very hard time trying to find a pharmacy that keeps your medication in stock, or you may end up spending a fortune just to get it.

    Invest in preventative medical supplies.

    Even though you may have been vaccinated against the diseases prevalent in your vacationing country, you must remember that it’s possible you’ll be spending time on a plane with people from other countries that may be carrying other diseases you’re not vaccinated against. In order to thoroughly protect yourself while traveling, invest in preventative medical supplies. A face mask with ties can be a great way to defend against catching any airborne diseases. You can even pack your belongings in zipper lock bags to prevent your belongings from any virus or bacteria. Using these items, and discarding them appropriately, can help you stay safe and healthy during your travels.

    Know the signs and symptoms of local diseases.

    While you already know what diseases are prevalent in the country you’re visiting, it’s also important that you educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of the disease. This way, if you or someone you’re traveling with were to catch an illness, you will be able to spot the symptoms right away and take the necessary steps to treat it before it spreads. Note that if you are with someone who becomes ill, be sure to wear latex gloves to protect yourself from the disease.

    Make note of the closest hospital or medical center.

    Before you leave for your trip, be sure to map out the closest hospital or medical center to your hotel. This way, if you were to become sick or injured while traveling, you will know where to go in order to be treated. For this reason, it’s also a good idea to ensure you can say “hospital” or “doctor” in the native language of the country you’re visiting, especially if you need to use a taxi or ask a stranger for help. It’s also a good idea to bring a travel first aid kit with you in order to treat any minor medical conditions or issues you may encounter.

    Bring necessary medical documents with you.

    Although you hope you won’t need them, it’s a good idea to bring copies of certain medical documents with you when traveling abroad. A note from your doctor testifying to your health as well as a copy of any vaccinations you received may be necessary for your to enter (or even leave) the country. If you suffer from a medical condition that requires medication, you may need to bring proof from your doctor as well. This way, you’ll be allowed to bring your medication with you without any issues.

    If you have any health issues or are currently on medication, it’s also a good idea to bring a copy of your medical records with you. This way, if something were to happen and you had to see a local doctor while traveling, they’ll be able to better assess your condition and offer better help. If the country speaks a different language, you may even want to have your medical records translated.

    Traveling abroad can be an experience you will always remember. Make sure these memories are happy by taking the necessary precautions to keep yourself healthy while traveling to another country.

    , © Cristia Medical Supply, Inc.

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