Saturday, February 19, 2011

Healthcare Blue Book

Did you know that medical procedures can vary widely in cost depending on where in the US you live? To compare those costs, check out Healthcare Blue Book.

To use the site, you put in whatever procedure you need and click "Search Prices." You can be as general or specific as you want, but you may be asked to fine-tune the results. Also on the results page you can enter your ZIP code--or any ZIP code really, for comparison purposes.

You can also browse topics by using the tabs across the top of the screen. There are separate tabs for Dental and Hearing Aids, although dental procedures may show up in your results if you search on a general topic, like X-rays.

The Resources for Patients tab is useful. There's a section on using the website, plus there are tips on finding insurance, understanding treatment options, negotiating your bills, getting a pharmacy discount card from Healthcare Blue Book, and more.

The next time you feel overwhelmed by something medical or insurance-related, try Healthcare Blue Book.

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