Since we’re already talking about getting health care in non-traditional places like the MetLife/Walmart life insurance partnership, here are a few other resources around the web that can help the nearly 50 million Americans who don’t have health insurance — and even those who do — manage their health care costs.
GoodRx – This free site makes it easy to comparison shop for prescription drugs. You enter your ZIP Code and the drug you’re seeking, and GoodRx comes up with a list of nearby pharmacies and the prices they’re selling the medication for.
DentalPlans.com – There are more than 100,000 dentists across the country participating in discount dental plans—a lesser-known alternative to dental insurance. You can find all of these dentists by plugging in your ZIP code. The site also gives a selection of more than 30 plans that offer 10 to 60 percent off most procedures.
EyeBenefits.com – Members pay a small fee to search this site for discounts on vision care — from routine eye exams to LASIK — at more than 14,000 providers nationwide including Macy’s Optical, Lenscrafters, Target Optical and more in the metro-area.
HealthCareBluebook – Here you can find fair prices for health costs based on the average fee that providers in your area accept as payment from insurers as well as a pricing agreement that makes it easier to negotiate with out-of-network providers.
ChangeHealthCare – I wish I had known about this useful tool two years ago when my daughter was born and I spent hours adding up medical expenses to file my taxes. If your medical and dental bills add up to more than 7.5 percent of your adjusted gross income, you can get a tax deduction. This site helps you keep track of your expenses and when they get big enough, it gives you a report ready for submission to the IRS.
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog