You have many options when you need medical care. Carefully consider cost, convenience and quality. Remember: you will always maximize your benefits by using a Primary Tier provider or facility.
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Control Your Health Care Costs
Palmetto Health provides you with medical coverage for when you are sick or injured, but there are many ways that you can reduce or control your medical costs.
Use a Primary Tier Provider to Save Money on Health Care +
Use a Primary Tier Provider to Save Money on Health Care
You will always maximize your benefits by using a Primary Tier provider. Learn more by watching this short video.
Ask Your Doctor About Generic Prescription Options +
Ask Your Doctor About Generic Prescription Options
You can save money on your prescription drugs by talking to your doctor about generic equivalents, when available. Generic drugs have the “same high quality, strength, purity and stability as brand-name drugs,” according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
Choose Online Care for Minor Conditions +
Get better faster with SmartExam.
With SmartExam, Palmetto Health providers provide service to you no matter where you are through your online computer or mobile device. Fill out a registration form and complete your online SmartExam. A Palmetto Health provider will review your symptoms and get back to you with one hour. Best of all, this service is just $20.
Take Advantage of Free Preventive Care +
The best way to save money on your health care costs is to say healthy. Palmetto Health provides you with important preventive services at no additional cost to you.
Examples of preventive care available to you at no additional cost through our medical plans include the following:
- Wellness visits for children (newborns to 17 years)
- Wellness visits for adults (ages 18 and older, for both men and women)
- Adult cancer screenings (including cervical and colon cancer)
- Women's preventive care (gynecological appointments, breast cancer screenings, etc.)
- Vaccinations (flu shots, hepatitis A and B, etc.)
Save Tax-Free for Medical Expenses +
You can maximize the dollars you spend on health care by taking advantage of an employer funded Health Savings Account (HSA medical plan) or a Health Care Flexible Spending Spending Account (HRA medical plan). Remember Palmetto Health's contribution to the HSA was increased by 50 percent in 2017!