Twas the Night Before Black Friday

BLACK FRIDAY healthcare deals

Twas the night before Black Friday and all through the mall

People clamored over deals, no matter how small.

Their tents outside Target were all pitched with care

In hopes to find deals on tvs, games and chairs.

 

Parents camped out all night and even missed dinner

Just to get 75% off of a brand new color printer.

While some parents sat in lines just to get in Toys-R-Us,

Others sat at home confused by the fuss.

 

The parents at home, all snug on the couch

Knew there was no reason to be such a grouch.

“Why could this be?” The deal shoppers wondered.

Because THEY know with SaveOn they could save hundreds.

 

While others spent too much on healthcare this year,

These parents knew better so they’re in the clear.

Shopping is no problem when you’ve saved a bunch

So there’s no reason to deal with the Black Friday crunch.

 

With us you can save thousands on your healthcare

Because we show you prices that are always fair.

We give you deals all year, not just one day in November

All you have to do is become a SaveOn member.

 

Don’t wait too long! Discount deals can’t wait!

If you’re not up early you’ll miss the great rates!

We laugh at the headlines; here, deals aren’t just for a day

“Black Friday is for sissies,” that’s what we say.

 

So, forget the long lines and door buster deals

Our prices all year will make you go head over heels.

You deserve to know costs before your medical bill drops

And that’s why Save On Medical exists, to help you price shop.

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How to Save On Medical Bills

In a recent study, CIGNA reported that cost is the #1 reason why people don’t go to the doctor or take care of their medical needs. In fact, 42% of those surveyed said they worried that they wouldn’t be able to pay for their kid’s college tuition because of high health care costs.

We’ve heard that if you don’t go to college, you won’t get a high paying job and if you don’t get a high paying job you’ll be forced to steal toys from the toy store for your children and if you steal toys from the toy store you’ll get tazed by a security officer and if you get tazed by a security office you’ll have a permanent tick where your left eye winks and if you have a tick where you left eye winks then truckers will think you’re hitting on them. Don’t let truckers think you’re hitting on them. So, Little Bobby needs to go to college. We at SaveOnMedical want to help you save on medical expenses so you have room in your budget for the things you need.

HOW TO SAVE

How does one save on medical bills then when one finds out they need an expensive medical procedure?

 

Step 1: Ask your doctor if he or she knows of any care providers who offer discounts if you pay out-of-pocket up-front.

Step 2: Find out how much you’d be responsible for paying if you filed through your insurance.

Step 3: Find out the self-pay rate for the procedure and compare that to the price you’d pay with insurance. (Fun fact: this capability will be available to patients using SaveOnMedical in 2015!)

Step 4: Be sure to compare costs at private practices (non-hospital owned) versus providers with ties to a hospital system.

Step 5: Don’t be afraid to ask questions about additional fees ahead of time so you’ll be aware of the full cost up front.

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The Evolution of Health Care Consumers

The term “health care consumer” didn’t even exist 5 years ago, but with societal changes, health care policy changes and increased medical costs… consumerism has become necessary for many patients.  Now there’s a number of challenges with this concept but the most apparent one is the issue of discerning quality in relation to care.  Most people are aware of the pricing disparities for procedures and services across their communities.  Steven Brill’s “Bitter Pill” article in Time Magazine sparked awareness of price transparency and price gaps last year, leading a plethora of other reporters to focus on the subject. The question still remains though, “How are health care consumers to know which options are best for them?”

We aim to give patients information that will help them select care providers based on what is important to them, whether that be cost, quality or convenience. In order for us to be successful at this however, we first had to understand the evolution of the “patient consumer.” Vitals posted this fantastic infographic on their blog earlier this week, which does a great job exploring the kinds of patients that are out there, how they take care of themselves, how they find their doctors, how they handle medical bills and even their most common health habits!

 

Infographic From: Vitals Blog – Evolution of the Health Care Consumer

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The Price is Right: Stop Guessing Health Care Costs

Let’s set the scene. You’re home sick (or just playing hooky). You shuffle in your slippers out into the living room where you plop down in your fluffy robe with a big bowl of cereal with a day of lounging in front of you.  It’s that time of the morning; when there is only one suitable television program to be watching. We all know what that show is, right? The. Price. Is. Right.

Anyone growing up in the 80’s or 90’s remembers Bob Barker as the host for the legendary show, leading the “Showcase Showdown,” challenging contestants to accurately guess the prices of big-ticket items such as cars and boats. We all secretly watched the show in preparation for the day we ever got the chance to appear on “The Price Is Right.” Like Barney Stinson on “How I Met Your Mother,” you may have found yourself becoming increasingly aware of the costs of things, just in case you ever got your chance to shine.

 This got us thinking.The Price Is Right Health Care

 

Many people out there know the approximate costs of items they might never buy.  So, when it comes to expensive medical procedures, why have prices remained such a mystery to patients?

 

At Healthbox Florida’s Innovation Day at Florida Blue in Jacksonville, Florida we decided to host a little experiment. We asked attendees if they knew the average cost in Jacksonville for a gallon of gas. (The answer we were looking for was about $3.33.) Next we them, if they were aware of lower priced gasoline down the road, would that influence their purchasing decision? Most everyone said yes, even if it was only a difference of a few cents.

This begged us to then point out the differences in price for an MRI at two locations in Jacksonville ranging from $400 to $1,734.  So many patients blindly follow their physician’s instructions despite potential cost variances, but if they’re willing to make the trek further down the road to save a few cents on gas, it only makes sense that they would do the same to save over $1,000 on health costs. (Pun intended.)

Our mission has always been to help patients find affordable care, so that they don’t get stuck paying too much for their medical procedures. Now, we’ll also be focused on empowering patients to compare costs – to use the tools we’ve provided to be smart shoppers in the healthcare system.  At Save On Medical, we’re taking the guessing out of the equation by showing REAL prices for medical procedures. Around here, our prices are RIGHT. No estimates. No hidden fees. No additional charges. No more bills sent months later. Real price transparency for real people.

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Breast Cancer Awareness Means Affordable Mammograms

To many people, October means the beginning of fall, football games, Halloween and prepping for the impending holiday season. Around here, October means one thing: Breast Cancer Awareness. In health care, we’re painting every town pink, spreading the word about early detection to women everywhere.

By helping women find affordable mammograms, we are helping them take control of their own breast health.  There is no time like the present, if you have been putting off getting your mammogram.  Why have you been avoiding getting your screening done? Do you not have the time? Do you think it will cost too much? Are you simply afraid of the results?  Take control of your health today and don’t let your fears get in your way.

Save On Medical providers across the country are offering discounted mammograms during the month of October so that women who are concerned about expensive screenings can get the care they deserve. Search Save On Medical and save yourself at least 50% on your mammography screening today!

Mammogram Prices

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