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Tips for enhancing your allergy care at Midwest Allergy in 2016

By: Philip N. Rancitelli, M.D., F.A.A.A.A.I Many of us make resolutions this time of year to improve our health. The rising costs of health care and evolving access to care make such resolutions more complicated than 10 to 20 years ago. Having a well thought out strategy can ease the pain of out-of-pocket expenses, inconvenient appointment […]

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By: Philip N. Rancitelli, M.D., F.A.A.A.A.I

Many of us make resolutions this time of year to improve our health. The rising costs of health care and evolving access to care make such resolutions more complicated than 10 to 20 years ago. Having a well thought out strategy can ease the pain of out-of-pocket expenses, inconvenient appointment times, and long wait times at your physician’s office. Here are a few tips to improve your experience with Midwest Allergy:

The busiest time of the year for allergy care is May through September. If possible, schedule your routine checkups outside of this window to minimize your wait time in the office, and to have access to a wider variety of appointment times.

Schedule appointments as far in advance as possible. At certain times of the year, booking the next available appointment might be several weeks to months in the future. This is obviously not optimal if you need an appointment to renew expired prescriptions or to address a new problem.

If paperwork for school needs to be filled out/signed by your physician, think about contacting our office early in the summer to get this taken care of. At the beginning of the school year, such paperwork might take 1-2 weeks to complete due to heavy volume. Remember, paperwork that is addressed at an office visit is free of charge.

If you have met your deductable, think about taking advantage of good allergy and asthma treatments that maybe you haven’t considered due to concerns about out-of-pocket expenses. Examples include immunotherapy (aka “allergy shots”) and Xolair.

Speaking of immunotherapy, did you know that allergy shots are more cost-effective than long-term use of medications? It’s simple math. Just compare the cost of a life-long commitment to medications versus a course of about five years of immunotherapy. Insurance companies recognize this cost savings, which is why this treatment is usually covered well.

Numerous medications are available to treat allergies and asthma. Unfortunately, our staff and physicians don’t have access to your specific prescription coverage plan. We find it very helpful when patients bring a copy of this information to appointments for us to review. This allows us to prescribe the most effective medication with the lowest out-of–pocket expense.

Hope these tips help, and have a wonderful 2016!

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