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211 S. Cedar St. Manistique, MI 49854
(906) 341-5494 1-888-341-3001
Caring for you and about you
As the days keep getting shorter,
does it feel as though there are fewer
than 24 hours in a day? With the
holidays right on the horizon, there's
so much to think about and so much
to do. Here are a few end-of-year
reminders to make sure your health-and
your pocketbook-doesn't get the
short end of the stick.
1. Get your flu shot. If you're like
many people, getting a flu vaccination
can easily slip your mind. But a flu
shot is too important to get bumped
to the bottom of your priority list.
Every flu season is different, and
every person responds to the flu in a
different way. The flu can lead to
hospitalizations and even death. The
flu season often begins in October, so
there's no better time than the present.
2. Plan for Medicare open
enrollment. Every year, the open
enrollment for Medicare is Oct. 15
through Dec. 7. This is when you can
change your health plan and
prescription drug coverage. You can
get more information here: Call (800)
MEDICARE or go to
www.medicare.gov. You'll find a
wealth of resources to help you
compare hospitals, doctors, drug
plans, and other health care services.
But if you need more help making
comparisons and choices, we can
help. Just call and ask for Marissa,
our Medicare D Plan consultant.
3. Switch to generics. Generic
medications are identical to brand-name
drugs in dosage, form, safety,
strength, route of administration,
quality, performance traits, and
intended use. Here's how they're
different: They're usually much less
expensive than brand-name drugs. Not
all medications have a generic
equivalent for a brand-name drug. One
way to find out is to go to Drugs@FDA.
Or, we can also talk this over.
Switching to a generic medication
might put a few (maybe more than a
few) extra dollars back in your pocket.
Wouldn't it be nice to have a little extra
money for the holidays-or to use
however you choose?
4. Use or lose it. Do you have a
flexible spending account (FSA)?
This is a special account you put money
into to pay certain out-of-pocket health
costs. That might include copayments,
deductibles, drugs, and other health
care costs. Limited to $2,550 each year,
this money is not taxable.
If you have an FSA, now is the time
to use up your health benefit dollars-or
you'll lose them! Schedule eye or
medical checkups before the end of the
year. Some employers make
allowances, though. So check to see if
you have a grace period for using up
the money or if you can carry over a
limited amount of funds to the next
5. Schedule a "tune-up." Why not
schedule a meeting with me to see if
your medications are working as well
as they can for you? We can help you
come up with ways to remember to
take your drugs and to order refills-before
you run out. We offer a "sync"
program that sets up your meds for
monthly renewal all at the same time,
saving you time and gas by only one
trip to the drug store. Not happy with
your drug's side effects? Both your
doctor and I can work with you to
adjust your dose or to find a
substitute. There's no need for you to
suffer in silence.
Nothing herein constitutes medical advice,
diagnosis or treatment, or is a substitute for
professional advice. You should always seek
the advice of your physician or other medical
professional if you have questions or concerns
about a medical condition.