Health care costs continue to rise each year, and this year is no exception.  This year, experts predict a 6.5% increase in medical expenses alone.  That’s why it’s important for you to take steps to reduce health costs wherever possible. Here are six tips for doing so: 

Pick an Affordable Health Plan That Addresses Your Unique Needs 

 Not all health plans are the same. When deciding on a plan, pick one that meets your budget and health care needs. 

Brush Up on Health Plan Knowledge 

 Knowing what your health plan does and doesn’t cover is critical for reducing your overall spending. Understanding terms such as deductible, coinsurance and copay can help you better understand your plan options. 

Take Advantage of Virtual Health Options 

Telehealth, or virtual, visits are essentially video calls with a doctor. These visits can be great for managing chronic conditions, speaking with mental health professionals and receiving diagnoses for minor ailments. 

Stay in Network 

With health plans, your health insurance company partners with select providers to lower the costs of care. If you go elsewhere (out of network), you will not have these discounts. 

Plan and Budget  Your Care 

At the beginning of the year, think about potential upcoming health care costs you may have. Then, review your health plan coverages and budget accordingly. 

Ask Questions 

When visiting your doctor,  don’t be afraid to ask questions. If you require  care, ask them if there are  comparable procedures  or services that are more  affordable while still being 


For any questions, feel free to contact a Taggart Associate today!