People looking for ways to save money look into bidding on health care.
It doesn't matter if you have insurance, if you're uninsured, or under-insured, there are simple steps you can take to save money without compromising on quality.
We shop for deals to restaurants, clothing stores and spas.
So why not shop for healthcare savings?
Tom Maher is willing to try news ways to slash his health care bills. He saved 50% on a routine lab test he needed by bidding on the test on a site called "
Bid on Health."
"It's kind of like Priceline for the hotel business," says Maher.
Like Priceline - you name the price for the health test you want. After your price is accepted, you find out the name of the lab.
Maher was paying $30 out of pocket for a test. He now pays just $15.
"If the quality of care of in this case the quality of lab work is equal I don't see why you wouldn't want to find a less expensive alternative," says Maher.
Is it doctor approved?
Dr. Scott Frank, says "I think anything that helps people be healthy and have healthy wallets is a good thing."
Dr. Scott Frank is the director for the master of public health program at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. He says "cost" is a discussion with more than half his patients.
"I think it starts from the fact that our health care system is basically broken the cost of care is too high," says Dr. Frank.
Dr. Frank encourages his patients to look for cheaper options but, he says you need to be careful.
"I think the mistake would be if people consider themselves their own doctor and not working with a health professional to make decisions that are evidence based," says Dr. Frank.
You might also want to consider daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social. They offer ways to save on doctor and dental services.