Going to the doctor can really put a strain on the budget, and if you have kids it can get even worse. If you are looking for ways to save money on taking the whole family to the doctor, check out these really easy ideas that can help keep money in your pocket.
Ways to Save Money on Your Doctors Visit
Tandem schedule appointments
If you schedule any doctor’s appointments you have on the same day and (maybe) the same times, money on gas, time off from work, and you can hopefully get away with just one co-pay. Many doctors will see siblings at the same time and only charge for one, because this saves them time, too. If you need to see a doctor because you’re sick and your kids are sick, ask the pediatrician if it’s possible you have the same illness the kids have. Some doctors will treat a whole family at one time.
Yes, doctors offices do offer coupons! Check their website and other sites on coupons for dentists, specialty doctors, and reduced co-pays. If you don’t see any, ask your doctor’s receptionist if they have any deals to offer. On certain days and times of the week, doctors will offer no co-pays and reduced prices on certain treatments.
Stay within your coverage area
Does your insurance offer discounts if you use certain doctors? Or do some only allow certain doctor’s offices? If so, stick to those because you can save money on them. Furthermore, try to stay within your insurance’s coverage plan, but expand your driving to rural offices. You may spend a bit more time and gas money, but rural offices tend to be less crowded and cheaper.
Shop around and get quotes
Think of your body like a car shop around for parts and mechanics, or doctors and the right prescriptions. Don’t just accept what one doctor says. Shop around, ask for pricing, fees, and any co-pays. This little bit of research can add up to large savings for you and your family.
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