Why a Business Approach to Your Healthcare Will Help You
Sometimes, medical bills can be so shocking that it’s any wonder they don’t end up putting you right back in hospital to recover from them! The main problem when it comes to medical bills and how easily they overwhelm people is that they’re often misunderstood by the public – i.e. the people who actually get the bills!
You have to remember that healthcare is an industry – it’s a business, run much like any other. When you deal with your healthcare and the medical bills that may result, it’s best to approach the scenario as you would a business deal, or some other professional transaction. It can be easy to get emotional and, thus, impractical about medical bills. But here’s how you can get more business-minded about things and reap the benefits.
Checking for errors
When you get your medical bill, it’s not time to faint: it’s time to get out a pencil and a calculator. The fact is that a lot of medical bills are rife with errors. Whether they’re the result of genuine mistakes or a greedy attempt to get more money is a question I’ll leave to you. Unfortunately, a lot of people assume that they people who compiled the bill know what they’re doing and wouldn’t have made any errors. But overbilling as a result of rounding up is very common, as is charging for services you never used. If you’re a bit stuck when it comes to finding errors, consider talking to a medical bill advocate.
Researching your options
People don’t tend to know what all of their options are when they go to a doctor to receive treatment. A doctor may prescribe one medication, or suggest a particular type of surgery, and the patient will usually just assume that those are the best routes. They usually tend to be the most expensive, but this doesn’t mean they’re the best. There are always options you should research and discuss with your doctor. Researching other options is especially important with rare diseases, otherwise known as orphan diseases, such as orphan liver disease. In these cases, your location and chosen clinic can either open up or restrict other healthcare opportunities.
Get ready to negotiate
Negotiation isn’t something that enters the lives of a lot of people outside the business world; when most people think about it, they usually imagine haggling for a commodity such as a car. Well, off as it may sound, you can actually haggle when it comes to your treatment and medical bills. Again, a medical bill advocate would be a useful person to have in your corner, but negotiating is something you can do yourself if you’ve done a bit of research. Sometimes, the fact that you’re looking to negotiate will alert the professionals to your circumstances, and they may choose to introduce discounts or friendly repayment options based on that.
The right insurance
At the end of the day, a lot of people end up in these positions because they don’t have the right health insurance. Remember: checking the terms and conditions with a fine tooth comb isn’t just for business people who sign contracts all day. Make sure you know all there is to know about your chosen policy.