How to Save Money on Health Care Costs

Posted on Jan 22nd 2019 by Florida Blue

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Whether it's comparing prices or visiting one of our Value Choice Providers, take advantage of our money-saving tools! These particular services are specific to Florida Blue members under the age of 65 years who purchased a health plan on their own or through their employer.

Compare Medical Costs and Drug Prices: Be an Informed Shopper

Medical Costs

Whether you have a procedure coming up or need to fill a prescription, be a smart shopper and compare prices with our handy tools. Maybe you have a deductible to meet before your benefits start to cover care. Or maybe you’re looking to stretch your Health Savings or Flexible Spending Account dollars as far as they’ll go. Or maybe you’re not sure whether your usual pharmacy has the best price on a medication you’re taking. Whatever the reason, it always feels good to save money! Just log in to your account and Select Tools at the top of the page.

In the Compare Medical Costs tool, you’ll be prompted to provide your zip code and then to choose which type of care you’d like to compare prices on. For example, here’s what you might see if you want to shop average prices for a total knee replacement in your area.

cost chart

Note: This tool does not confirm coverage for a particular plan. Follow up with a phone call to your doctor or provider for exact pricing.  

Drug Costs

In the Compare Drug Prices tool, you can look up new medications or click the Prescription History tab at the top to compare prices for medicine you already take. For a new medicine, here’s an example of what you’ll see if you enter Synthroid, a common medication for hypothyroidism.

Some drugs are $0 at Publix and $4 at Walmart. Plus, mail-order prescriptions are convenient and often cheaper, and you’ll get to see that option first. If you want to explore other options, click on “Compare pharmacy pricing” as circled above, and that will take you to the screen to plug in your zip code and see prices for a particular drug at pharmacies close to home.

Value Choice Provider: See One and Save Even More

At Sanitas Medical Centerand Diagnostic Clinic Medical Groupyou’ll get quality care at a lower price as low as $0!—than you might pay if you see another doctor in your network. This includes unlimited scheduled visits to a primary care doctor, X-rays, allergy testing and most allergy shots (as long as they are given during the same visit). Sanitas locations are available Pinellas, Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, Broward, Palm Beach, Seminole, Orange and Osceola counties. Diagnostic Clinic Medical Group has locations in Pinellas County.

Notes:

  • The $0 copay doesn’t apply to High Deductible Health Plans (HDHP) or Simple Choice Plans.
  • You might have a copay for urgent care and same-day appointments if you don’t see your primary care doctor.
  • Diagnostic tests like mammograms, sonograms, MRIs and EKGs might require an additional copay.

Blue365: Get Discounts on Everyday Health and Wellness Purchases

With Blue365 member rewards, you can save money on all sorts of things to help you keep up the good work. After you’re logged in online at floridablue.com, click Health and Wellness at the top and then choose the Discounts button on the right side of the screen. Once you’re in, you’ll see that being a Florida Blue member gives you access to healthy savings on things like:

  • Health and fitness club memberships
  • Weight loss programs
  • Healthy travel experiences
  • Cooking lessons
  • Workout gear
  • Wearable heart rate and GPS monitors

And you can even sign up to get deals delivered to your inbox once a week. It’s as easy as point, click and save.

*These services are offered to any Florida Blue member with a non-Medicare health plan.

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