Physician’s Circle for Patients
Continuing the conversation started by Qamar Islam in his article printed on October 29th, we would like to propose a few more ways to contain healthcare costs in addition to taking ownership of your medical records. There are several ways you can save money when it comes to managing your sleep health.
Tip #1: Evaluate the medical facility. When a facility can diagnose,
treat, provide medical supplies and follow up appointments, the costs are significantly lower and care improves. For example, Athens Sleep and Wellness Center has taken this idea of a one-stop-shop and put it into practice by providing initial consultation, diagnostics, DME services and CPAP clinic follow-ups.
This integrated approach allows for shorter turnaround times, quicker treatment initiation, better care and lower healthcare costs. With customized follow up, compliance with therapy rises and healthcare outcomes improve.
Tip #2: Evaluate the cost of expensive diagnostic tests and therapy. There might be options available that are less expensive. Take charge and don’t be afraid to shop around for the best treatment and value. When looking at sleep studies, Athens Sleep and Wellness Center can save a patient around $475 in out of pocket costs when compared to having the study done in a another sleep lab.
Tip #3: Take control of your prescription medication costs. A common misconception is that medication costs are the same at each
pharmacy. This is NOT true. We actually called four different pharmacies in the Athens area asking cash prices for the same generic medication and the results varied wildly. For the exact same medication, the prices varied over $150. All you need to do is pick up the phone and call. Take charge and get involved in managing your healthcare. Find ways to get better care at lower costs. Share with others what you discover and keep the conversation going by visiting our blog on our website. www.AthensHeartCenter.com
Jarrod Rowe, RPSGT, RST is the Clinical Manager and A-STEP Technical Director Instructor at Athens Sleep and Wellness Center, an American Academy of Sleep Medicine accredited facility.