“INBW 13: Immediate Action Steps You Can Take Now to Make Healthcare More Affordable”
by Stacey Richter

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Everything I’m about to tell you is not a piece of cake. You’re up against the patriarchal medical system we enjoy in this country today, you’re fighting against paradigms, you’re fighting a system where no one except you, meaning consumers and patients and our employers, have any accountability, responsibility or ownership for the money we’re being asked to shell out. So no one but you, and me and all of us, can actually do anything about it.

Stacey is co-president of Aventria Health Group, a marcomm agency helping employers, payers, pharma and pharmacies develop and leverage partnerships with other healthcare organizations. For twenty years, Stacey has used her expertise to innovate inspiring collaborative health solutions benefiting all, stakeholders, and most of all the patient.

00:00 Elisabeth Rosenthal, “An American Sickness: How Healthcare Became Big Business.”
02:25 Look at the bills your insurance company is paying.
02:45 “All of your out-of-pockets are a function of how much your insurance is paying on your behalf.”
03:20 “If no one is questioning what those costs are, then providers will fill in whatever they think they can get.”
04:05 Is your practice owned by a hospital, or licensed as a surgery center?
04:35 Ask your physician to only refer you to other physicians in your network.
05:00 Request that labs be in-network.
06:15 Ask in advance how much a procedure will cost.
07:30 “It’s up to us to inform our Physicians about costs.”
07:50 “How will this test or exam change my treatment?”
08:20 Ask which blood test or exam they’re taking and why.
09:00 “Where will this test or surgery be performed, and how does that place affect the price?”
10:00 “Who else will be involved in my treatment, and will I be getting a separate bill?”
11:25 “Watchful Waiting,” – the Value in waiting to seek treatment.
13:30 Price Transparency.
14:45 Fight back on Gag Clauses.

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