Women frequently check prices for doctors, medical procedures

by admin on July 6, 2009

In my own life, I know that I would be more willing to take the time to look at all the options, prices and different doctors out there then most of the men in my life. Is it because men are just more lazy then woman?

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Women are more likely than men to go bargain hunting when it comes to health-care costs, says a recent study. According to survey of 1,000 working-age adults, 20% of women compare the costs of doctors and medical procedures vs. 15% of men. The survey, commissioned by CIGNA, a health insurance company, also found that 79% of women purchase generic medications instead of name-brand drugs vs. 69% of men.

 ”From our perspective, women have always been sort of the key decision maker in health care selection,” says Kurt Weimer, who oversees CIGNA’s division for individual and small-business coverage. “It’s moved to the next level. … Not only are they making that health care decision (which doctor to see or medicines to buy), now they’re looking at the economics.”

 He adds that the survey results show the struggling economy is forcing mothers not only to be the “chief medical officer” but also to take on the role of “chief financial officer.”

 ”If you’re like all of us, you’re looking at how to make ends meet,” he says.

 Linda Lisi Jurgens, executive director of the National Association of Mothers’ Centers (motherscenter.org), says that because women make “the bulk of the buying decisions for the family,” they might be feeling the pressure of the economy more.

 ”I think there’s a lot more attention being paid to ‘What can we afford?’ not just what we want,” she says. “I’m sure that’s going to have an impact on all the members of the family, but if the woman has traditionally been involved in those choices, I’m sure she’ll be very involved with that now, too.”

 Candace Anderson, founder offrugalmom.net, a website that provides users with information on how to save money and make money from home, says women tend to have a different mentality than men when it comes to shopping, which can extend into health care.

 ”We almost love the thrill of not only being able to find a bargain, but being able to tell everybody about it,” she says.

 ”The women who visit my website, they are just very much enjoying the whole (shopping) process.”

 Anderson adds that looking for bargains can be especially important because mothers can’t always rely on doctors to recommend the best deal.

 ”There have been many times in the past when I’ve called the doctors back and said, ‘I’m not going to pay this.’ If we want to be in charge of our money, we need to be willing to take the time and also speak up.”

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The website is a great idea. Anything to be able to help moms/woman/anyone find the reach they need to compare and help save.

Source: www.usatoday.com

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