Smart Ways to Manage Your Health Care When You Have High Deductibles

Written By Mary Beth Eastman
Last updated November 22, 2019

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September 5, 2018

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Buying a high-deductible health insurance plan can lower your monthly costs. Unfortunately, high-deductible plans also mean that you may have to spend a lot of money out of your pocket when you need medical attention.

Use these five ideas to manage your health care when you have a high deductible.

Doctors, hospitals, clinics, and other care providers charge their own prices for services. Contact several health care providers in your area to get quotes for the services that you might need. Making a few phone calls could save you thousands of dollars the next time you have to go to the hospital. (Related:  Health Insurance Tips for Anyone Who’s Been Laid Off. )

Health insurance companies often charge lower rates when you go to in-network providers. Take a close look at your policy to determine whether you qualify for price breaks by visiting in-network providers.

Still, don’t forget to call the providers for quotes. Prices can vary even within the same network.

Unless your doctor insists that you take a brand name drug, you can save money by choosing generic medications. Nearly all generic drugs work just as well as their brand name equivalents. Depending on the medication, you could save anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars.

You can’t control everything in your life, but you can make decisions that lower your risks of getting sick or injured. Don’t participate in dangerous activities like base jumping, rock climbing, hang gliding, and surfing. It may pay more to take risks with your money, rather than your health.

You should also try to avoid people who are sick. If you can’t avoid them, then wear a protective mask that will help prevent germs from entering your system.

If you lead a healthy lifestyle, then you may only need to see your doctor once a year for an annual exam. Some tips for improving your general health include:

  • Getting at least 150 of moderate or 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic exercise every week.
  • Staying within your healthy weight range.
  • Avoiding excessive amounts of alcohol and food.
  • Taking your medications as prescribed.
  • Eating a diet that’s rich in fruits and vegetables.

High-deductible insurance plans can help you save money in the short-term, but they’re often expensive when you get sick or injured. Follow the above rules to manage your health and save money while you have a high-deductible plan. And make sure you’re matching your health insurance needs with the right plan for you. If the plan you’re on isn’t a good fit, find the right health care option for you.

About the Author

Mary Beth Eastman

Mary Beth Eastman serves as the content manager for Simple. Thrifty. Living, where she is dedicated to helping readers use money and credit wisely. Mary Beth believes that access to the right financial information paired with a growth mindset are essential tools for getting out of debt and building wealth. Mary Beth has a degree in Journalism from Bowling Green State University and has focused her 20-year journalism career on putting readers front and center, carefully considering their concerns and presenting information that will help them in their everyday lives. She has won numerous statewide journalism awards. Her writing on personal finance as been featured on numerous websites in addition to Simple. Thrifty. Living, including Huffington Post and Lexington Law blog. Mary Beth resides in Pittsburgh, Pa., with her family and two rescue dogs.

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