When you had a stressful day at work, your gut reaction may be to seek comfort in a glass of wine or in a pint of ice cream. But there are healthier ways to relieve stress, like going to the gym, talking to friend or counselor – but my personal favorite is shopping!
I know what you’re thinking, what’s the catch? The type of shopping I’m referencing is thrift shopping.
Thrifting is nothing new. Finding and giving life to old things is a fantastic way to save money and reduce waste by keeping useful products out of landfills. But not everyone is into shopping at thrift stores or may not have one in reach. That's when you can turn to the web to find a resale shop for just about anything and everything. Thrifting allows for comparison shopping and avoids compulsive buying, plus it’s ecologically friendly. A recent survey shows that retail therapy can improve one's mood. But, be cautious, this form of therapy can put your funds at risk if it's the only outlet for one to decompress.
So, how does this relate to healthcare? Are healthcare consumers taking the time to shop around?
As the cost of healthcare continues to increase, consumers need to better understand the actual cost of healthcare and the need for greater price and quality transparency. Often, a consumer has no idea the amount they will pay for a test or procedure until one receives a bill. We all rely on the fact we have insurance and that we are covered, with no consideration to the actual cost of a procedure. This is where Healthcare Bluebook comes in place, educating consumers on price and quality transparency can lower costs for claims payments and common medical services.
Let’s think about it, why do people enjoy shopping for a fair price online or shopping in stores? It’s mainly because of the large variety of choices available when it comes to products and options. We do comparison shopping for everything - clothes, homes, gas, repairs, and the list goes on.
Imagine visiting a thrift store liked we talked about earlier. You’d first find the section that sells the type of clothes you want (shirts or dress, etc.), then you’d look for racks with the styles and colors you’re interested in, and hope they have your size.
Now imagine a store that sells healthcare transparency. You’d first narrow it down to a zip code you’re wanting to find care in; next find the procedure you need and finally, choose the best facility that provides low cost/high quality in your plan coverage. You can find all this and more using Healthcare Bluebook.
When consumers are aware of the price for tests or procedures, they pay more attention to provider options and choose more affordable option available. In the end, known pricing creates thrifty shopping.