Michelle Katz, a consumer healthcare advocate who help families with their medical bills, shared some of her insights on lowering your medical bills with WUSA9:
- Learn about coding to that you can compare prices for medical procedures.
“That’s one of the things that I do talk about in my book is how to compare prices, because you can price around like shopping for a car,” says Katz.
- During open enrollment, think about your family’s health care needs for the next year before picking your insurance options.
Katz says, “Think about, ‘What ailments do I have in the family? During the year, what am I planning on doing? Am I planning on getting pregnant? Is my child suffering from asthma? Is he switching medications?’ Make a list of these things, price around and see what you’re able to negotiate.”
- Talk to your favorite physicians.
“Even talk to your favorite physicians and say, ‘hey, I come to you all the time, what plans do you like best?'” adds Katz. Sometimes you can even get your favorite doctors to opt into an insurance plan, this can also help in negotiating better prices for certain procedures.
Katz is also the author of Healthcare Made Easy.
For more information on the issues surrounding medical debt, please contact RIP Medical Debt.