How You Can Help
Here are some of the things you can do:
- Choose to live a healthy life
- Practice prevention
- Take an active role in your care
- Keep the word "emergency" in emergency room
- Reduce your doctor bills
- Lower your hospital costs
- Cut your medication bills
Your role in the process is simple: be the best consumer of health care you can be. That’s not to suggest you don’t seek needed medical treatment. On the contrary, we’re suggesting that you make informed choices of when, how and from whom to receive medical care.
Whether you buy your own health insurance or are covered through a group health plan provided by your employer, you should make your health care purchasing decisions as if you are spending your own money, because you are. When you shop for other goods and services, you want to know what you are getting, how much they will cost and how they will benefit you before you make your purchase. You strive not to waste your hard-earned money. The same holds true with your health care needs.
Everyone can play a part in helping to hold down health care costs.