Annual increases in health care costs over the last 15 years averaged between 3.9 and 7 percent. With health care expenses continuing to rise steadily it’s important to know if the care you’re receiving is providing maximum positive results.
Every year people spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on doctor visits and laboratory tests, but most people have no idea of the gap between the cost to the health care provider and the price tag on their bills. The average laboratory test, for example, is marked up 10 to 20 times the cost to the patient. X-rays are marked up as much as five times the cost. The average doctor visit for primary care runs between $95-$140, and I’ve personally reviewed $500 neurosurgeon evaluations.
Can anything be done to bring these costs down?
One way to save over $700 on health care is to attend a local health fair. In the Black Hills, The Optimist HealthSource Health Fair will be held in Spearfish March 7-8 this year at the Donald E. Young Center, on campus at BHSU. Health fairs are great because many of the numerous health care providers present offer free health screenings (they can save you thousands). Those who wish to get the most out of the health fair will have their blood drawn for analysis beforehand. HealthSource locations in Rapid City, Belle Fourche, Sturgis, Lead, and Spearfish are offering blood draw sites at cost throughout the months of January and February.
Health fair blood panels are $35 — drastically cheaper than the $759.00 cost outside of the health fair.
Health fair blood draw sites – During January and February, call for details 722-2225
Another great way to save money on health care is to make a conscious decision to be healthy. One of the biggest positive impacts one can make on their health is to purchase a pedometer and set out to walk at least 10,000 steps a day. This reduces the risk of diabetes, heart disease, and chronic inflammation or pain conditions. 10,000 steps a day will even change the way the body produces hormones, which will make youl feel better.
Join us at the Optimist HealthSource Health Fair this March 7th and 8th, and don’t forget to call HealthSource at (605) 722-2225 to set up a blood draw beforehand.