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Tools for Being a Good Health Care Consumer


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In this segment, we talk about how you can be a good health care consumer.

You have the tools to be a good health care consumer!

Web searches, customer ratings and sales incentives. You have cost saving tools you use when making a big purchase. You do your research to make sure you get the best product at the best price. It’s called being a good consumer.

When it comes to health care, you have these same tools to make the best decisions for your health.

So how do you become a good health care consumer?

Your designated PCP can be your:

Take advantage of preventive care that is available at no cost to you

Your doctor can also provide preventive care such as blood pressure and cholesterol tests, mammograms, colonoscopies, vaccines and well-woman visits — all at no cost to you!

Be sure to follow the recommended age guidelines outlined in the medical summary plan description when scheduling your preventive care. 

Know what your care may cost in advance

Not all hospitals and surgeons charge the same price for services. If you anticipate extensive medical care or are planning an elective surgery, you can review the average cost of most services, and the quality of the facilities before you make an appointment!

The Health Cost Estimator at windstreamhealth.com will help you review your options and make the best choice.

You can also research and plan for prescription costs and dental services at the Express Scripts and Delta Dental of Arkansas websites.

Talk to your healthcare team about ways to save

In addition to your doctor and pharmacist, you have a team of dedicated nurses and care coordinators who can help answer all of your questions.
Windstream offers several cost saving programs like Bridge Health for surgeries, WinFertility, and Magellan for counselling services. 

Care Coordinators through Quantum Health can point you to the right resource no matter what. Call 877-550-3255 to make sure you are on the right path to getting the best care at the best price.