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Author: Frank Lalli
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First Touchstone hardcover editionView all editions and formats
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"Inspired by his viral New York Times article, prize-winning investigative journalist Frank Lalli details how he mastered the ins and outs of health care--and how you, too, can get the best care for your money. Frank Lalli, the former editor of Money and George magazines, has devoted his career to getting to the bottom of a good story. When he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare but potentially deadly blood
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frank Lalli
ISBN: 9781501132865 1501132865
OCLC Number: 951557112
Description: viii, 342 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: How to use this book : how I became a health care detective, and how you can, too --
Get the health care you deserve : a guideline for patients --
America's health care is actually better than ever : what you need to know about the Affordable Care Act --
Ten essential health care benefits you are entitled to get : what you are guaranteed--
and what to watch out for --
The smart way to shop for health insurance : pinpointing the true cost--
and value--
of any plan --
How to keep the doctor and hospital you like : and navigating other open enrollment challenges --
Watch out for big Medicare surprises : ten mistakes everyone over sixty-five should avoid --
Confounding billing codes and other bizarre obstacles : why understanding medical codes is key to figuring out costs --
Pink confusion : when should women get screened for breast cancer? --
Don't let dental insurance bite you : how to be your own best advocate in the dentist's chair --
The pluses and minuses of health savings accounts : what you save--
and might end up paying--
with an HSA --
The smart way to book a doctor visit : and get a discount, too --
Don't cough in the doctor's office unless you rally mean it! : tips to avoid sneaky fees --
Stop paying twice as much for your drugs : why prescription drugs are so pricey --
Seventeen ways to save money on drugs : easy ways to work with your doctor, your insurer, your pharmacy, and others to get the best prices --
The wonder drug racket : secrets to getting a costly specialty drug at a price that won't bust you --
What to do when the doctor suggests a costly procedure : don't get blindsided by a budget-bashing bill --
If you go to the hospital, don't pay the bill : nine ways to save money at the hospital --
If you get bad medical news : follow this positive action plan --
Rules for life : the three keys to becoming a health care detective and getting your best care--
now --
The Health Care Detective glossary in plain English. How to use this book --
Get the health care you deserve --
America's health care is actually better than ever --
Ten essential health care benefits you are entitled to get --
The smart way to shop for health insurance --
How to keep the doctor and hospital you like --
Watch out for big Medicare surprises --
Confounding billing codes and other bizarre obstacles --
Pink confusion --
Don't let dental insurance bite you --
The pluses and minuses of health savings --
The smart way to book a doctor visit --
Don't cough in the doctor's office unless you really mean it! --
Stop paying twice as much for your drugs --
Seventeen ways to save money on drugs --
The wonder drug racket --
What to do when the doctor suggests a costly procedure --
If you go to the hospital, don't pay the bill --
If you get bad medical news --
Rules for life.
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"Inspired by his viral New York Times article, prize-winning investigative journalist Frank Lalli details how he mastered the ins and outs of health care--and how you, too, can get the best care for your money. Frank Lalli, the former editor of Money and George magazines, has devoted his career to getting to the bottom of a good story. When he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare but potentially deadly blood cancer, he put his reporter's instincts to work and got the wonder drug he needed at an affordable price--thousands of dollars less than he was told he would have to spend. Amazed by the complex and arbitrary nature of the health care system, he decided to share what he has learned as his own Health Care Detective so that others can find their best care and save money, too. Based on three years of research and more than 300 first-hand interviews with experts, Your Best Health Care Now is your easy-to-follow, real-world guide to making today's health system work for you. You'll learn all the smart moves and timely tips to get better care and save hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars--no matter what your concerns may be. Whether you're trying to book a free check-up or negotiate with a surgeon, looking for an effective generic drug or the best price for a brand-name, or worrying about high insurance deductibles and rising premiums or a stack of surprise bills, Your Best Health Care Now has the answers you need to take charge of your wellbeing"--

"Inspired by his viral New York Times article, prize-winning investigative journalist Frank Lalli details how he mastered the ins and outs of health care--and how you, too, can get the best care for your money. Frank Lalli, the former editor of Money and George magazines, has devoted his career to getting to the bottom of a good story. When he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, a rare but potentially deadly blood cancer, he put his reporter's instincts to work and got the wonder drug he needed at an affordable price--thousands of dollars less than he was told he would have to spend. Amazed by the complex and arbitrary nature of the health care system, he decided to share what he has learned as his own Health Care Detective so that others can find their best care and save money, too"--

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