With cold and flu season in full swing as the new year approaches, you'll want to make sure you're saving as much money as you can on medical expenses.
Inside Edition teamed up with RetailMeNot Rx Saver and its medical expert, Dr. Nancy Simpkins, to learn how to keep health care costs from racking up.
First, Simpkins said, make sure you stay ahead of your health issues by taking preventative care before your symptoms can get worse. "This will not only save money, but is important to your health in the long run," she said.
Second, use your doctor as a resource. "Don’t be embarrassed to ask your doctor questions about your treatment plan because there could be less costly options available," Simpkins added.
Finally, pharmacies can charge different prices for the exact same prescriptions, so avoid paying more than you have to by using RetailMeNot Rx Saver to search for medications and compare prescription prices.
"It’s really easy – search for the drug name, enter your zip code and pick the pharmacy with the cheapest prescription price," said Simpkins. "Then print your coupon, hand it to the pharmacist and save up to 80 percent!"