When it’s almost time for the year to change, many of us start planning our resolutions for personal improvement and empowerment. Although there are a lot of things you could do in 2017 to improve your life, the most important New Year’s Resolution for seniors across the country should be to finally take control of their healthcare. Senior care is very important, and if you’re not proactive, it can be easy to miss out on the care that you need and deserve.
Here are tips for controlling your healthcare in 2017, including getting representation from an attorney that understands the needs of seniors like you.
Tips for the Doctor’s Office
When it comes to senior care, one of the places you’ll visit most often is your doctor’s office, making your next check-up the perfect opportunity to start controlling your healthcare in 2017. Keeping a few things in mind should give you the confidence you need to manage your care and stay in control during each and every appointment.
First, you should plan ahead for your physical. Make a list of the things that are bothering you and questions you want to ask your doctor. Also, don’t just accept extra services or tests without a full explanation. Second, be ready to walk out. Your time is valuable, and you shouldn’t have to wait around to get the care that you need. Finally, make sure you ask your doctor about pricing and if there are any discounts available so you protect your health and finances.
Dealing with the Pharmacy
Another area you can plan to flex your healthcare muscles in 2017 is in your pharmacy. If you take a good deal of regular medications, there are several opportunities for you to be more hands-on about your healthcare the next time you speak with your friendly neighborhood pharmacist.
The most important thing you can do is to pick a pharmacy that is preferred by your insurance plan, which will make it easier and more affordable to purchase your regular medication. You should also try to cultivate a good relationship with your pharmacist, which can pay big dividends if there’s ever an issue with a prescription. Also, you need to become a price bloodhound. Search for big deals and the most effective generics to keep costs low.
Advice for the Hospital and Your Insurance
Two of the big areas where seniors can lose control of their healthcare are in the hospital and on their insurance plans. Making sure that you stay in charge in both of these areas comes down to knowing the right information and advocating on your own behalf.
The next time you have to be admitted to the hospital, it’s a good idea to negotiate every area of your stay, including the length and what kind of care and treatments you’ll be receiving. Additionally, you should be sure to go over every bill will a fine-tooth comb to make sure you’re not overcharged.
The best advice about controlling your insurance is to never settle for second best. Examine your policy every year to see if you’re getting the coverage you need and if you might get a better price and better service elsewhere.
Get Legal Help Controlling Your Healthcare
Controlling your healthcare is easier when you work with the legal team at the Stano Law Firm. Our lawyers are compassionate and knowledgeable about elder care, and we are eager to discuss your healthcare plan with you. Contact us today!