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Health Dollars & Sense: Help is on the line

Is your headache bad enough to warrant a doctor visit? Do your flu symptoms require a trip to the hospital? Before you go—and get charged for the service—call your 24-hour nurse line. Most health plans provide free medical advice over the phone most days, nights, weekends, holidays—whenever you need it. For less urgent needs, the federal government offers toll-free phone services where you can get healthcare information about topics such as hearing aids, cancer information, Alzheimer’s disease, drugs and more.

For information about various health topics and phone numbers, call the National Health Information Center at 1-800-336-4797.


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