You shop around when looking for a new car or a new home. You probably also compare prices when making smaller purchases like groceries or smart phones.
But do you try to get the best value when you need health care? You should, and there are tools to help.
To learn how to save money on health care, visit www.nebraskablue.com.
There you'll find helpful tips on receiving the best possible care at the most affordable price.
• A cost estimator tool helps you estimate medical costs before you receive care. Did you know that patients can save an average of nearly $600 in out-of-pocket costs for knee replacement surgery in Lincoln ($1,461) versus Omaha ($2,052)?
• You'll find reminders on ways to make healthy, cost-saving decisions every day. Those include visiting the ER for emergencies only, using generic prescription drugs instead of name brand drugs (a cost difference of up to 90 percent) and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
• Nebraska hospitals recognized as Blue Distinction Centers are identified. Blue Distinction® is a designation awarded by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies to medical facilities that have demonstrated expertise in delivering quality healthcare.