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North Carolinians Cutting Back on Needed Medical Services During Down Economy, BCBSNC Survey Finds
Date:10/20/2009

One in six North Carolinians cutting back on medical services. More than a third now buying fewer prescription medications. Progress on preventive health in North Carolina at risk.

Chapel Hill, N.C. (Vocus) October 19, 2009 -- One in six North Carolinians say they are cutting back on needed medical services, including physical exams and health screenings, because of economic concerns, according to a survey by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.

The survey of North Carolina consumers, released today at BCBSNC's annual State of Preventive Health summit, indicates that some patients might be putting themselves at risk for future health problems.

"The recession and rising health care costs are having an impact on preventive health services - the very services that can help detect or prevent more serious and costly health problems down the road," said Don Bradley, MD, BCBSNC senior vice president and chief medical officer. "But there's never a good time to skip preventive health and healthy living."

BCBSNC's findings on the impact of the recession, increasing unemployment and rising health costs on consumer behavior are included in the company's 2009 State of Preventive Health report, available at www.betterhealthnc.com/sph09. Key findings include:

 
  • 36 percent of North Carolinians say they are buying
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