Working 4 You: Prescription Drug Saving, Dr. Wikipedia and The Car of the Future

Working 4 You: Prescription Drug Saving, Dr. Wikipedia and The Car of the Future

SPOKANE, Wash. - It's a cost most of us cannot avoid: the cost of staying healthy and preventing or managing illness. While we don't suggest you skimp on your medication, there are some easy ways to save on the cost of prescription drugs.

Also, do you have a headache? For God's sake, don't Google your symptoms! When it comes to online medical research, one site seems to be even less reliable than others. And, prepare for the car of the future!

Save on Prescription Drugs

Medical expenses add up quickly, especially when it comes to prescription drugs. ABC News estimates the average American family spends $898 a year on prescription medication. It's easy to feel like you don't have a choice but to pay the high costs. But WebMD compiled some tips on how to save money without sacrificing your health. First, shop around. Even within your own insurance plan, you might find drugs that are half the price of what you've been prescribed. Also, ask about a higher dose of the medication. It may cost the same per-pill and you can divide it in half. That will save you money over the life of the prescription. Finally, talk to your doctor. She probably doesn't know how much you're paying for prescription drugs; she may be able to find a cheaper alternative or consider another treatment plan altogether.

Don't Trust Dr. Wikipedia

Most of us are guilty of bypassing a trip to the doctor and diagnosing yourself online. We know it's not a great idea. But, one study shows it's even worse if you use Wikipedia to diagnose your symptoms. A new study published this week tested the reliability of crowd-sourced entries on the site. Researchers looked at 10 commonly-diagnosed diseases and found that, on Wikipedia, the information contradicted medical research 90 percent of the time! Don't feel bad if you've used that source to self-diagnose; the researchers found 47% of physicians and med students have also used Wikipedia as a reference. 

Relax, The Car Will Drive For You

Are you tired of that burden of driving yourself in your own car like some sort of peasant? Well, Google has something for you. This week, the company unveiled the self-driving car. It has no gas pedal, no brake pedal and no steering wheel. Tech website CNet says it's part of Google's plan to develop a self-driving car that would be safer than having humans in control on the road. It could be here sooner than you think. CNet says most car companies expect cars like this to be available by 2020. Here's a link to their story.

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