The Price Of Health: Cutting Costs On The Things You Have To Buy

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Good health can be surprisingly costly. Even when you live in a place where your major healthcare needs are covered, there will always be things which simply aren’t included in your benefits. Some countries are better than others when it comes to providing health services, but most people will still have to spend a small fortune on healthcare throughout their lives.

To give you the chance to turn this around in your own life, this post will explore some of the medical costs which normal people have to pay, even when they’re covered by something like Medicare or commercial health insurance. This could save you a small fortune, while also providing you with faster services and a far more modern approach to your medical care.


A lot of people are surprised when they find that their prescription comes with a bill attached to it. Even in places with very strong healthcare systems, covering the costs of all of the medicines and other treatments people need would simply be impossible. This means that people often have to pay for their own prescriptions, unless they’re on some sort of other government support. This can be extremely costly when you’re using the wrong pharmacy for your drugs, with some charging several times the price which they pay for them.

Solving this can be as simple as moving your prescription purchases online. There are loads of web-based pharmacies popping up nowadays, and many of them can provide the same drugs you usually use for a fraction of their over the shelf cost. It’s worth looking for websites which accept proper prescriptions for this, as you could find yourself buying illegal or counterfeit medicines if you’re not careful.


Dental Care

Teeth are one of the most crucial parts of your body; without them, you wouldn’t be able to eat solid foods. In addition, poor oral health is associated with conditions such as cardiovascular disease and Pneumonia according to the Mayo Clinic. Unlike other areas in the body, your teeth never heal when they get damaged. Because of this, you need someone to repair them for you when there are issues. This role usually falls to the dentist, and many people are unhappy to find that professionals like this never come free.

Even just an appointment to see the dentist will cost you something, and this is before you start getting expensive treatments done. Unfortunately, there isn’t really a way to make this cheaper, and you have to visit the dentists which are local to you, rather than carrying out this sort of thing online. Keeping your teeth healthy will help to lower the time you spend with your dentist, and reporting problems as soon as you notice them can also help you to avoid the costs of expensive treatments. 

Glasses & Eye Care

Some people are able to live without complete vision, though others find it incredibly difficult to get through life without their glasses. No matter how bad your vision, though, glasses are one of the most expensive health costs most people will ever have to pay. Opticians have to make their money from somewhere, and selling expensive glasses is a big part of this, giving them a way to make money aside from their regular eye testing.

Not a lot of people realise, but you never have to buy your glasses directly from the optician. They are required by law to provide you with the details of the test they’ve performed, and this usually comes in the form of a series of numbers. These numbers can be given to a glasses retailer online to be used to make a pair which will be far cheaper than those found in the optician’s office. You will still be able to choose designer brands and a style which you like, but you will be able to do it without spending a small fortune.

Laser eye surgery is another potential solution to this problem. This sort of treatment will last forever, improving your sight to provide near perfect vision. The treatment itself is quite expensive, though this will still often be much cheaper than the price people pay to wear contact lenses or glasses for their whole life, and this is ignoring the price you have to pay to have an appointment with a professional like this.

Hearing Health

Like the other areas in this post, your hearing is very important to your daily life. Without being able to hear properly, it would be difficult to navigate the world safely, and communicating with other people will be very difficult. Thankfully, appointments with hearing professionals will usually be covered under your health plan and this means that you will have to pay nothing or very little at all for their help. Of course, this all changes when you are looking at the idea of getting treatments, though.

Hearing aids can cost a small fortune, even when you’re only borrowing them. These devices are expensive to make and maintain, and this means that your health insurance carrier simply can’t afford to provide them for free. You don’t need to pay full price for this sort of product, though, as there are loads of websites available which can provide you with hearing aids at cut costs. Most audiologists and other hearing professionals will be more than happy to look at options like this with you, as they won’t be selling their own hearing aids to make a profit.

General Health & Fitness

Modern society cares about health and fitness more than ever before. People will go to extreme lengths to make sure that their body is in the best possible shape, and this often involves spending a small fortune. Even eating fresh food each day can be quite costly, making this one of the areas which people will cut down on from the very beginning. Companies like Huel have been changing the way that fresh and healthy food has to work. Providing nutritionally complete meals for a fraction of the cost of cooking for yourself, options like this are excellent for busy people.

Alongside eating properly, a lot of people also spend a small fortune on gym memberships. This is great, as it gives you the chance to keep yourself fit and healthy, but it can also often feel like you’re getting a bad deal for your money. Looking at alternatives to the gym can be a good idea to solve this. For example, if you like to lift weights, you could simply buy your own set. This could cost as little as a few months at the gym, and there are loads of other options which will also work. In fact, put on your walking shoes and go for a walk. Walking costs nothing and is great for your health.

There are loads of other health products on the market which people spend a lot of money on, and fads often make up a big portion of this. It’s always worth reading about the equipment, treatments, and other health products you buy, seeking out professional guidance to make sure that you’re not buying into something which won’t work. Most easy fixes are too good to be true, and you will usually have very little chance of taking action if you find yourself stuck in this position.

With all of this in mind, you should be feeling ready to take on the challenge of cutting the costs of the various health services you use. Some people are able to cut these costs down more than others, and you may have to work hard to get the very best options at the lowest prices, but it will all be worth it in the end.

Last updated on April 2, 2020


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