Dr Oz: Stay Healthy Even When You’re Broke
While standing in front of a table loaded with health products, Dr Oz explained that he didn’t pay a dime for any of it. No, it wasn’t because of his connections in the medical field. It was actually a part of his plan to show viewers how they can stay healthy, even when they’re broke. Investigative reporter Elisabeth Leamy was sent on a mission to find ways to save people thousands of dollars.
First, believe it or not, you can find health products free online. Companies like to give freebies as a way to introduce their products to customers, and there are websites that will ship them to you. Online freebie expert Stacy Fisher explained that it’s as easy as doing an online search for “free sample websites” to find sites that are updated daily. You can also use social media to follow your favorite companies and products, to find out when free samples are available.
Dr Oz: Avoid Freebie Scams
When you request a free sample, be sure they’re only asking for your name, email address, and mailing address. The freebie website should also be linking to a product’s legitimate website. Secondly, they should never ask for money, even if it’s a “one-time-only membership fee.”
Of course, there are also ways to get free products off-line as well. Rebates are the most over-looked freebie out there, according to Elisabeth. Look for a free “after rebate” sticker on a product. Once you mail in the rebate and get reimburse, you will get it for free!
Dr Oz: Free Health Screenings
In terms of health care, Elisabeth shared that when people feel like they can’t afford health care, the first thing they give up are routine screenings and check-ups, which could result in a big expense down the road. Elisabeth found three simple places you can go to get some of those screenings for free.
You can get free health screenings at warehouse stores. Some even offer them on weekends so you don’t have to miss work! You can also get your BMI tested at a gym, potentially without even joining the gym. If you sign up for a free trial, they may offer the screening. Additionally, you can get a free blood pressure test at many pharmacies. But what about medical procedures?
Dr Oz: Shop Around For Medical Procedures
When it comes to medical procedures, the first thing you should do is price shop. Whether you have health insurance or not, shopping around can find you the best deal. When Elisabeth shopped around for an MRI, she looked at ten different facilities. One wanted to charge $2,651. the second wanted to charge $2,200, and then finally Elisabeth found one that would charge just $400!
Dr Oz: Budget-Friendly Mental Help
In a previous poll, Dr Oz found that 88% of women don’t see a mental health professional on a regular basis, but nearly 66% feel stress affects them. The main reason people don’t seek out therapy, is the cost. Unfortunately, according to Dr Janet Taylor, there’s a lack of understanding about what mental illness is and what talk therapy is about. The good news is therapy can be maintenance for your life, is part of a healthy lifestyle, and doesn’t have to cost a fortune.
Dr Oz: Save Money On Mental Health
The average cost is $80-200 an hour, likely depending on where you live. Dr Janet stressed the importance of investing in yourself and focusing on your mental health. Thankfully, there are five things you can do if you can’t afford therapy. First, dial 2-1-1. It’s a confidential service across the country that can direct you to low-cost treatments in your area.
Second, go to church or your place of worship, or your community center. They often have support groups that can help you.
Third, try teletherapy or smart phone apps that promise to get you help quickly with licensed psychologists, clinical social workers, or mental health counselors for $20-35 a week. Fourth, pick up the phone. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, 1-800-273-TALK is open 24/7 with trained professionals who can help you. Finally, negotiate the price of therapy with a sliding scale pricing policy. The therapist can knock 50-70% off your bill to help the session better fit your budget.