Some of the least expensive medical care is considered preventative or basic care. Much of this occurs in a doctor's office
with a facmily doctor or other primary care physician. Sometimes the first step to leaving the insurance world behind and paying for healthcare
directly is finding a way to pay for these types of services. The resources below will help you find
affordable cash-pay alternatives for primary health care services.
This site lists many types of physician practices accepting new patients.
See Primary Care Physicians listing with us,
including those practicing direct primary care (DPC - or concierge physician services) – a model many doctors' offices are adopting in all
50 states. DPC allows patients to pay for care directly, without the use of insurance. Rather than charging for every little thing and
restricting your time with the doctor to 6 minutes, DPC doctors are paid a monthly fee for pretty much unlimited access to the doctor and his or
her services. Some clinis include labs and imaging at discounted rates, and some allow for a la carte payment, where you pay only for the services you receive.
Most DPC practices are still accepting new patients, but they accept fewer total
patients because they give more time to each one. A growing number advertise on our site.
If your doctor still takes insurance, be aware that all practices can still take cash payments.
You may have to ask them for pricing, though. Better yet, ask them to post
their prices online, and tell them about this site. Learn more.
Not only DPC physicians, but a lot of other types of physician groups, labs, and other specialties are offering services remotely.
Email, text, and social media messaging is becoming more common. Some screenings and other tests are being offered via mail-order, so you can
run them yourself from your own home. Additional resources in this segment coming soon!
The cost of most vaccines is covered by Obamacare exchange plans, and most employer plans, as they are considered preventative.
Medicare Part B will pay for flu, Hepatitis B, and pneumococcal vaccines, as well as vaccines directly related to the treatment of injuries or
exposure to diseases or conditions such as rabies and tetanus. Additional resources in this segment coming soon!
Vision / Eye Care
Prescription glasses, contacts, and eye exams have moved into nearly every large pharmacy and supermarket in America.
Eye exam costs can range from $50 to over $250, depending on where the exam is done,
as well as whether the exam is performed by an optometrist or ophthalmologist, what's included in the exam, and whether
the exam includes contact lens services. Vision insurance, except pediatric eye care, is generally not covered under Obamacare.
Plans that include vision for adults are available, however, as are stand-alone vision plans.
Additional resources in this segment coming soon!
Pricing Healthcare lists dental practices accepting new patients,
including orthodontists and other specialists. Few practices currently list cash-pay rates on their websites,
but that is changing. A sizeable number will tell you their standard cleaning prices over the phone. Be aware that
X-rays and some other services may not be required for every patient as often as some dentists recommend.