Simple questions that can save you big money on your next visit to the doctor:
Bottom Line: Over the years, as I've vigorously argued for the abolition of the "insurance first" healthcare model, I've also tracked the amount of healthcare that's mostly CYA...
Research has varied overtime on the extent of healthcare that's really more about the medical establishment protecting it's own butt as compared to yours but the National Academy of Medicine just put an annual dollar figure to it.
According to the Academy a stunning $200 billion per year is spent on ordering unnecessary tests. What does that mean to you?
When I cracked the numbers for Americans who sought healthcare in 2015 and divided it $200 billion. It came out to about $700 per household/policy who sought healthcare. That's potentially $700 that was totally wasted. The Academy recommend doing something I've often suggested we all do. Ask questions. Ask if tests are really necessary. Ask how much they cost. This is your money in addition to your health overall.
With healthcare reform being the most desired legislative change by Americans - this is one change you can begin to make yourself, with the potential to save significant money starting with your next medical visit.