FREE WEBSITES TO HELP YOU MANAGE YOUR HEALTHCARE
For most of us, managing healthcare costs can be overwhelming. Many health plans have higher deductibles and copays and the cost of medication can be a paycheck breaker. The bottom line is, we can all benefit by becoming smarter consumers of healthcare. For these reasons, we have listed several Free Websites that can help you save time and money on medical, dental expenses.
www.goodrx.com – compare local prescription prices, get free coupons, search and compare drug prices. Savings up to 80% off retail.
http://familydoctor.org – features a ‘Smart Patient Guide’, helping people to advocate effectively for their own health care; a guide to OTC (over the counter) medications, and Health Tools, a section that includes physician referring searching, a medical dictionary and a search by symptom guide.
www.kidshealth.org – largest and most visited site on the Web, providing doctor-approved health information targeted to three age groups: kids, teens and adults. Overview of hundreds of health-related topics in English and Spanish.
https://healthfinder.gov/HealthAtoZ – Your source for reliable health information from the Federal government. Offering quick guides to healthy living, personalized health advice, and tips and tools. Alphabetically browse through hand-picked resources from government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and universities.
http://www.emedicinehealth.com – A site that provides health, medical, lifestyle and wellness information for all ages. In addition, there is information to prepare customers for medical emergencies, injuries, minor medical conditions and basic first aid. Content written by physicians for the general public.
https://epocrates.com/online.do – Epocrates is known largely for its drug reference library, but it has an fairly robust and straight forward disease library as well. It presents information based on a symptom such as evaluation of chest pain, shortness of breath, back pain etc. It then guides the user through a differential diagnosis of what could be the underlying cause, sorted by common / uncommon. Each disease on the differential diagnosis list has a detail page that presents an overview, common and uncommon associated symptoms, risk factors, common diagnostic tests, treatment options, and references. It’s free, comprehensive, clinically accurate, and well organized.
Compiled by Doug Helser, CBC, CPPACA Specialist [email protected]