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If your prescription drug program offers a mail order option, it would be very wise to check into it. Most of the prescription mail order programs allow you to purchase up to a three month supply, at the one month price. Imagine the savings possibilities, especially if you have expensive prescriptions!
Dentists like to take x-rays every so often to keep on file. When they say that they want to take an x-ray, ask why. If it's not because of a medical problem or concern, tell them you'd rather hold off until next time (or later). This is only if the x-rays aren't covered by dental insurance.
It is suggested that you go to the dentist at least twice a year for a regular cleaning, and more if needed. It would be unwise to not go twice a year, no matter how healthy your teeth and gums are, because you never know when a problem will arise. The sooner that a problem is found, the sooner it will get fixed, and the less money you'll need to spend on expensive dental procedures.
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Besides getting samples to give to patients, doctors often get coupons and brochures from drug companies that are trying to sell their product. Sometimes, coupons will be right out there in the open, and other times they might be inside a brochure or pamphlet, so it's a good idea to look around. Also, the brochures and other literature that are left out may be of interest to you, or someone that you know, so it wouldn't hurt to really look.
If you have tons of lipstick samples that you got for free from cosmetic counters, I'm sure that you've got some in colors that you would never wear. But being frugle, you probably couldn't find it in you to throw those free samples away. Now you don't have to. Instead buy one white and one black lipstick and mix them with the samples until you get a color that you like. If that doesn't work, give them to some kids for dress-up!
Before you get overwhelmed with the nursing home search and paperwork process, speak with a professional, so that you don't get in over your head. There are state agencies that can assist you, as well as geriatric care managers. They will help you choose which type of nursing home would work best for your needs. This could save you money in the long run from going to a more expensive facility because you didn't know any better.
It is very important that you know a lot about your health insurance plan, so that you don't end up paying for things that weren't covered. For instance, do you need referrals to see a specialist? If so, make sure you do, or you'll end up paying a lot to go see that specialist. If you're going out of area on travel, make sure you know what your health insurance covers for out of area expenses, just in case you need them.
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When you're at the doctor's office, it's always wise to ask for samples. If he has samples of a prescription that you already take, that's less money to spend on the prescription. If he has just recommended a new prescription, it's wise to try a sample pack before spending the money on a full prescription.
Family plans are usually only worth it if you have children. If you have such a plan so that you and your husband can have the same insurance, check it out to make sure that it wouldn't be cheaper for you to both have separate plans (if you are in a position to do this). Also, some insurance carriers offer plans for couples, so you may want to ask about, and look into that option.
When the doctor gives you a new prescription, make sure you ask all of the details (especially side effects), and whether that is the generic of another brand. Generics are cheaper, so try to get the generic. Also, see if he has a sample pack for you to try, and/or a coupon for the prescription. It never hurts to ask.
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More than likely it would be at the recommendation of a doctor or family member that you go into a nursing home. Before you do so, speak with your doctor to see what type of nursing home you need. Why pay more for a nursing home that gives you everything, when there are only a few things that you need assistance with.
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When you go to the dentist office, more than likely you're going to leave with some freebies (toothbrush, toothpaste, floss or mouthwash), and if not, try asking. Also the dentist office is a good place to get coupons and/or rebates on toothbrushes, toothpastes, flosses and mouthwashes. If you don't see any in the reception area, just ask.
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Get your free Sample of Diabetic Skin Therapy Advanced Healing Cream. Heal your severely dry, cracked and damaged skin with Neoteric. Just fill out the form and your FREE Sample will be on its way. Offer valid in the U.S. only.
Get the medical facts about vaccines from doctors at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's Vaccine Education Center and the American Academy of Pediatrics. The National Network for Immunization Information's database gives you state-by-state vaccine requirements for school entry. Here are the three websites:
You should visit many nursing homes to help you decide which facility you'd like to live in. Bring a trusted friend or family member, who might notice things that you didn't, which could help you in your decision process. Be as sure as you can before you sign up because this is going to be your living space for the rest of your life (more than likely), and it would be best to take your time and find the right place first, than to realize afterwards that you don't like it there, and have to pay more money to move again.
The Lifescan OneTouch website, at www.lifescan.com, offers tons of information, including a free e-mail newsletter, a free download of their IN TOUCH software, recipes, promotions, and much more great information on diabetes and blood glucose monitoring.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|