18. Go to Labs for Blood Work
If your doctor orders blood work or other lab tests, first ask whether they’re medically necessary. If so, get the work done in a standalone lab, where prices tend to be lower than what you’d pay in a hospital or at some doctors’ offices.
Asking your doctor for a written lab order and taking it to a national laboratory group, rather than an in-hospital lab facility, could score you lab test savings of up to 90 percent, according to a 2014 study by healthcare consultant group Castlight Health.