Dr. Oz’s Insider Guide: Cost-Saving Secrets From Doctors' Offices
Here are the top money-saving secrets from the 4 health-care professionals you visit the most.
Save Money on Pap Smears
A Pap smear tests for cancer of the cervix and is the most critical method for early detection. Women need to have Pap smears annually starting within 3 years of becoming sexually active or at age 21. If you can’t afford to see a gynecologist, you can get a Pap for free. The National Cervical Cancer Coalition (NCCC) orchestrates Free Pap Smear Day, held every year on the second Friday in January, Cervical Cancer Awareness Month. Visit www.nccc-online.org to find out more, or call your doctor or local hospital to see if they participate in the event.
Discounts on Lab Tests
Lab tests often comprise a huge chunk of out-of-pocket expenses. But did you know there are discount cards for lab tests? These cover blood work, Pap smears, cultures, etc., and can cut your bill by 30%. Don’t be shy and ask your doctor about them.