Caring For Your Health With Online Resources

There are a plethora of new ways to improve your health through online means. From paying your doctor bills online to managing your health insurance, to tracking fitness goals, there’s something for everyone. Let’s take a look at some of the latest ways to make your life easier using today’s booming technology and high speed internet.

Tracking Insurance Premiums And Rates

Most health insurance providers have a comprehensive online website designed to help people not only manage their health care benefits but also search for local doctors. For example, Anthem Blue Cross has a great website where you can pay your bills, quickly look up your plan and coverage benefits, as well as search for local doctors and compare the average price of a typical procedure. This can make your life a lot easier when it comes to searching for new doctors and lowering your health care costs. Check and see if your insurance company has an online portal, and start using it today!

Paying Bills Online

Related to your insurance is paying your bills online. I recently had to pay a bill to Scripps and I was about to mail it in. But I saw an option on the bill for online bill pay. In about 5 minutes I had signed up and paid my bill securely online. I liked this option so much more than sending my credit card number information through postal mail. Plus, it’s a lot faster and there’s no risk that it will get lost. Most hospitals and larger health care providers will have online bill pay available for their clients. Check and see if it’s an option for you.

As always, if you’re doing online transactions I definitely recommend that you invest in proper security for your computer system. Defense against malware and viruses is very important so you don’t get your information hijacked in transit. Programs like spyware remover software are especially helpful.  People often ask me “Does Spyhu

nter work?” and it’s a logical question.  Yes it works very well, and I highly recommend getting that software or something like it.

Tracking Fitness Goals

Tracking fitness goals is so much easier these days with online tracking. There are so many programs that can help you out – from counting your caloric intake each day to measuring your calories burned through miles run or biked. You can even use your smartphone and integrate your daily steps taken. It’s a huge improvement over the old stopwatch. Plus, it will graph out your progress, keeping you more inclined to stay on track. There are some free websites, but those tend to be a bit clunky. We suggest investing in an all in one paid app and computer program.

Shopping For Insurance

Despite the huge debacle with the nations new health care website, it’s mostly in the clear and you can shop around for better health insurance rates quickly and easily using the internet. It makes the process so much easier, and you can quickly shop around. Don’t settle for paying more than you should! If you’re confused I suggest calling the number and asking for help, as sometimes the online websites (especially government sites) can be confusing and difficult to navigate.