Navigation Links
Staying Healthy in a Tough Economy
Date:1/5/2009

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Jan. 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the economy in a state of decline, it is difficult for many Americans to afford health care. Visits to doctors are down 10 percent to 15 percent and many individuals are not taking their medicines as prescribed. However, there are certain measures that can be taken to lessen the burden while facing tough economic times.

While many individuals are dealing with cutbacks, it is important that health care remain a top priority, says A. Mark Fendrick, M.D., professor of internal medicine at the University of Michigan Medical School and professor of health management and policy at the U-M School of Public Health.

Approximately one in nine individuals is cutting pills, taking them every other day or doing something the doctor did not recommend. Fendrick says, "Cutting back on health care without consulting your clinician is a very risky decision. It may not only have an impact on your health, but also have a worsening economic consequence that will lead to greater costs down the road when minor health concerns become major health issues."

Fendrick suggests that people continue to follow up with their recommended screenings and immunizations and consult their clinicians before cutting back on health care. Although these preventative measures may cost you now, they are among the most important investments you can make to protect your health and may save you money in the long run.

There are affordable programs available to help individuals facing economic difficulties. Ask your doctor's office or search online for information about decreasing or eliminating the costs of health insurance and prescription medications.

During an economic crisis, individuals with and without insurance tend to use the emergency room as a form of primary care. However, doing so could take a spot from someone who truly needs emergency care, while also compromising your own care.

"You should really think about going to your primary care physician who knows your medical history, coordinates your follow up care and interacts with other doctors to make sure you're getting the highest quality care possible at the lowest cost," says Fendrick.

While the economy is forcing individuals to make difficult choices Fendrick puts it in perspective: "Remember your health is your most important asset, not your money."

    Tips for healthy health care spending:

    1.  Continue to adopt healthy lifestyles: diet and exercise can
        help stave off many diseases.
    2.  Ask your doctor if prescription medications are available in
        generic forms.
    3.  Keep up-to-date with recommended screening tests, such as
        mammograms, colonoscopies or immunizations.

    For more information, visit these Web sites:

    Resources:
    UMHS Financial Assistance:
   http://www.med.umich.edu/1toolbar/support/FA.htm
    UMHS News: Children, adults using discount generic Rx programs:
   http://www.med.umich.edu/opm/newspage/2008/poll9.htm
    UMHS News: Pill-splitting study looks at cost-saving step:
   http://www.med.umich.edu/opm/newspage/2007/split.htm

'/>"/>
SOURCE University of Michigan Health System
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. Staying Warm with the Help of Equal Health
2. Anti-Aging Miracle Physicians Have Been Waiting for is Finally Here : Free Book Available From Natural Health News Report Reveals the Secret to Staying Young
3. On Staying Alives 10th Anniversary, Gym Class Heroes Singer Travis McCoy Named 2009 Foundation Ambassador
4. Staying Healthy This Holiday Season Can be as Easy as Life123
5. MTVs Staying Alive Marks Ten Years of Empowering Young People in Their Fight against HIV and AIDS
6. Rubber Rocks Staying Alive Unveils Furry Ads to Promote Safe Sex
7. Staying Sharp in New York City
8. Staying Sharp in Concord, NC
9. Lumension Security To Host Industry Webinar On Staying Ahead Of Threats
10. Five Steps for Staying in Financial Control with Long-Term Disability
11. Staying sharp in Phoenix: Leading brain experts discuss successful aging
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... ProVest ... the greater Dallas, Miami, and Raleigh regions, is organizing an extended charity drive ... rare and deadly chromosome abnormality. , After struggling since birth with several health ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... While it’s often important to take certain ... inventor from Austin, Texas, has identified a solution. , She developed a prototype for ... lighting. As such, it eliminates the need to turn on a light when taking ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... PurhealthRX , a leading ... Purzorb™ technology. Applying the Purzorb™process to full spectrum CBD oil will revolutionize the rapidly ... CBD form that can be easily incorporated into liquid products, while reducing costs to ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... CT (PRWEB) , ... October 13, 2017 , ... ... long-term care services, staged a mock evacuation of the facility as part of a ... Shelton Fire Department, Echo Hose EMS and Shelton City Emergency Manager, as well as ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... , ... Ellevate Network, the leading network for professional women, brought together some ... at their inaugural Summit in New York City in June. The event was livestreamed ... over 3 million. To watch the Mobilize Women video, click here . ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. , Oct. 10, 2017  NDS received ... Mobile  — a medical-grade battery-powered display stand specifically designed for ... aims to transform technology into a clinical solution to support the ... costs. Innovative Design ... NDS ZeroWire Mobile Wireless Solution ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Oct. 4, 2017  South Korean-based healthcare product Development ... aide "cprCUBE" on Kickstarter. The device will educate the ... arrests with better efficiency compared to the dated and ... feedback on efficacy of the compression for a more ... a goal to raise $5,000. ...
(Date:10/2/2017)...  Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY ... quarter of 2017 on Tuesday, October 24, 2017. Lilly ... with the investment community and media to further detail ... will begin at 9 a.m. Eastern time. Investors, media ... of the conference call through a link that will ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: