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We should all be well-informed shoppers when it comes to our health. Not all care is equally good, and more care isn’t necessarily better care. You get better care at a fair price by doing these four things:

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1. Ask these five questions when your doctor suggests a treatment

Learn about why these five questions are so important to ask. It’s your health, after all.

Learn more about Choosing Wisely, a national campaign that seeks to promote conversations between you and your doctors to help you avoid unnecessary medical tests, treatments and procedures.

2. Get a primary care provider (PCP)

Research shows that people with a primary care provider have a higher level of satisfaction with their care and lower overall health care costs.

Learn Why Everyone Needs a Primary Care Provider and ask these questions before making a decision.

Need help choosing a primary care provider? Contact your medical plan provider:

Regence BlueShield
Phone: 800-376-7926, 711 (TTY)
Email: Regence
Web: Regence BlueShield

Kaiser Permanente
Phone: 888-901-4636, 711 (TTY)
Email: Kaiser Permanente
Web: Kaiser Permanente

3. Compare scores

Use the Washington Health Alliance’s Community Checkup to compare quality scores for clinics or hospitals in your area. Whether you’re interested in getting care in a doctor’s office or a hospital, these score will help you find best quality health care available.

4. Use your health plan's tools

Regence BlueShield Members (KingCare and KingCare Select)

Regence has many tools to help you understand how insurance works, find providers covered by your plan, estimate your out of pocket costs, and contact a nurse for advice.

You can also manage your health care on the go with the Regence app.

Kaiser Permanente (SmartCare members)

Use Kaiser’s tools and resources to help you find providers and services. Manage your health care on the go with Kaiser Permanente’s easy to use app.

Thrive with Kaiser’s app.

Stay connected

Please share your feedback with the team at Balanced You so we can spread good ideas, share success stories, and bring new tools to help you feel energized and be your best. The more you tell us, the better Balanced You will be!

Email: BalancedYou@kingcounty.gov

Phone: 206-263-9626

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