Ways to Save
 
 

Save on Care

Shop for Care Just Like You Shop for Other Services

The best way to save is to shop for your health care services just like you would for other services you buy. The same procedure or treatment can cost drastically different amounts depending on which provider you see.

It can be difficult to determine the cost of a treatment or procedure on your own, but our Treatment Cost Estimator and Provider Search tool was built to do that for you.

The tool can estimate costs based on the specific details of your plan benefits and provide you with timeline of care so you know what to expect throughout the entire timeline of care from evaluation to follow-up.

Login to mytuftshealthplan.com, and select Doctor Search to get started.

You can also:

  • Compare providers and facilities based on costs
  • Compare provider and facility profiles, including credentials and network and hospital affiliations 

You can share this information with your doctor for a good conversation about your care, what it costs—and where you can save money.

Cost-Saving Alternatives to the Emergency Room

When you have a life-threatening situation—a true emergency—go directly to the ER. But what about other less-serious health issues, like muscle sprains and strains, sore throat, sinus infections, and allergies? Using the ER for these kinds of things can involve long wait times—and quite a shock when you get the bill.

Keep in mind that you can see a medical professional in other treatment settings that are more convenient and cost less.

Here are some cost-saving alternatives:
  • Telehealth (if included with your plan) - 24/7 access to U.S. board-certified doctors through the convenience of phone, video or mobile app visits.
  • Urgent Care - Staffed by qualified doctors, urgent care centers are an excellent choice when you have a non-life-threatening issue and can’t get to your regular doctor.
  • Retail Clinic (e.g. CVS MinuteClinic, Walgreens Healthcare Clinic) - Staffed by nurse practitioners and physician assistants, retail clinics are an ideal option when you need routine, non-urgent care.

Use Freestanding Facilities

Some care can be less expensive if you use facilities that are specifically designed to perform certain procedures or services. If you choose to have these services in a hospital, or a hospital-affiliated medical facility, you will likely pay more out-of-pocket than if you receive them in a non-hospital setting.

Day Surgery

  • Colonoscopy
  • Endoscopy
  • Cataract Surgery

High Tech Imaging*

  • MRIs
  • Computer Tomography Scans (CT)
  • PET Scans
  • Nuclear Radiology

*This is not the full list of high-tech imaging services - check your Benefit Document for the full list. High-tech imaging requires prior authorization, and may require a copayment depending on your plan. If you aren’t sure, please check your Benefit Document.

Get Preventive Care

A small investment of your time now could help you stay healthy in the years ahead. Preventive care includes periodic checkups, tests and screenings. And these services are free. The preventive care you need depends on your age, gender, family history, and any risk factors you may have.

Make an appointment with your doctor to get the care you need.

Save on Prescriptions

You can get a 90-day supply of maintenance medications (those you take regularly) delivered conveniently through the mail, and you’ll only have two 30-day co-payments rather than three.

Refills are easy. Order them 24 hours a day online, by phone, or by mail.

Note: We don’t recommend that you use mail order for medications that:
  • You take for short-term medical conditions
  • Have quantity limitations
  • Are part of our Special Designated Pharmacy Program

Save with Member Discounts

Vision Discounts

Receive discounts on vision correction services and eyewear from EyeMed participating providers.

Your plan includes access to the EyeMed Vision Care network, which features more than 24,000 eye care providers that can offer discounts on prescription glasses, contact lenses, LASIK surgery and more.

​Fitness + Exercise

Now you can save on more things than ever to keep you active and feeling your best—from fitness club memberships and exercise equipment to race registrations and online workouts. It’s all available through the International Fitness Club Network (IFCN). To learn more or to find a participating fitness center, go to preventure.com/ifcn-tufts. Just use the password “Fit4You” to log in and receive:

  • Discounts at more than 14,000 fitness clubs across the U.S.
  • Free one- week trials so you can try out a club before joining
  • Discounts on home gym equipment
  • Discounts on New England road races and other fitness events

Nutrition + Weight Management

  • DASH for Health
  • Jenny Craig®
  • Nutritional Counseling

​Quitting Smoking

Freedom From Smoking® is a program offered by the American Lung Association. It’s a proven way to quit smoking—and stay quit—even if you’ve tried before and went back to smoking.

Smokefree.gov was created by the Tobacco Control Research Branch of the National Cancer Institute. It provides free, accurate, up to date information and professional help to support your immediate and long-term needs to quit smoking.

Also available to our members in MA + RI:

  • Tobacco cessation helplines
  • Coverage for smoking cessation counseling services
  • Coverage for prescription smoking cessation medications
  • Over-the-counter (OTC) smoking cessation products

You can find the full list of member discounts on tuftshealthplan.com.