Forbes lists 5 things to do now to prevent problems later:
- Get a good primary care doctor, if you haven’t already done so.
- Use a Health Savings Account (HSA).
- Consider a concierge or “direct pay” physician.
- Consider medical tourism, when appropriate.
- Help your doctor work on your behalf.
I heard on the radio last night (iHeart internet radio is great, I can listen to American radio from Scotland) that you need to be careful with HSAs because the law has changed what is eligible to pay for with an HSA – all over-the-counter drugs are now excluded, for example.
I received this in my email from Katie Hooks at Reason.com today:
We’re often told the free market won’t work in health care, but a new Reason TV report finds Oklahoma City Surgery Center’s free market approach—they publicly post the prices of all procedures and skip insurance companies by working directly with patients and employers—allows them to deliver first-rate medical care at a fraction of what traditional hospitals in the city charge. For example, Reason TV talks to a doctor who performed a “complex bilateral sinus procedure” at Oklahoma City’s Integris Baptist Medical Center where the bill totaled $33,505. When the very same doctor performs the very same procedure at the Surgery Center the all-inclusive price is just $5,885.
Watch Reason TV’s “Oklahoma Doctors vs. Obamacare” here:
or here, to see how competition and transparency are reducing Oklahoma’s health care costs in ways that Obamacare can only dream of.