10 Ways to Cut Medical Costs

Hospital and med bills don't have to cost an arm and a leg. Lower your blood pressure with these tips from MSNBC .
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(Newser) – Avoid financial injury by following these ten tips from MSNBC:

  1. Shop for tests. Different labs may vary widely in costs.
  2. Negotiate. Hospitals may waive or reduce a co-pay fee if the patient can prove that it's a hardship.
  3. Question the necessity of follow-up appointments, X-rays or MRIs.

  1. See if there's a cheaper version of your medication.
  2. Speak direct to your doctor about unmanageable bills.
  3. Do independent lab work through MyMedLab.com.
  4. Negotiate between doctors and insurance with a patient advocate.
  5. Fill prescriptions with big retailers.
  6. Split larger-dose versions of your pills.
  7. Try bartering—your labor for your doc's.