All healthcare providers have experience in helping patients cut medical or therapeutic costs. If you have a mood disorder, do not hesitate to talk to these professionals about:
- reduced fees and payment plans
- the cost savings and efficacy of generic medication
- your eligibility for free medication from the drug manufacturer (senior citizens sometimes can get discounts)
- the healthcare provider's access to free samples of your medication
- intervening on your behalf with your insurance company, either with a phone call or letters
Other strategies for reducing treatment costs include:
- using county or state services
- going longer between psychiatric appointments. (Your therapist or psychiatrist can help you learn coping skills to manage your mood between visits.)
- contacting your state's mental health organizations to find out whether the state offers a risk pool for hard-to-insure individuals.
- getting to your healthcare providers or support groups before you get to a crisis point. Talking briefly with a professional or making a slight adjustment in your medication can prevent more expensive interventions when a full-blown crisis occurs.
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