Americans Cutting Back on Medicines & Doctor Visits

A recent report issued by the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics found that Americans have been cutting back on their doctor visits and use of medicines. Experts feel that this is a sign people are still struggling to pay for personal healthcare.

Certainly the need for visits to the doctor and prescription drugs has not decreased.  In fact, the drug industry introduced many new medicines for conditions such as MS and diseases such as cancer.  These new drugs should have increased the overall number of visits to the doctor and use of prescriptions.  Instead, the number of prescriptions issued dropped by 1.1 percent while visits to the doctor drops 4.7 percent since 2010.

So what is the problem here? Americans are making short-sighted choices such as refusing to pay for a visit to the doctor or get a prescription filled because of the cost. But what they don’t realize is that these actions may cause major health issues later on that cost a lot more than their co-pay!

What do you do to avoid having to skimp on your healthcare to save some money in the short term?  Build your healthcare costs– medicines and doctor visits – into your budget.  Make your health a priority!

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