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Americans Under Using Their Prescriptions To Save Money

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DelMarVa - A new study has found many people are going without their medications , because they're too embarrassed to say they can't afford.it. And the doctors, apparently, aren't asking patients if they can even afford the co-pay.

There are four ways that patients save money with their medications. They will delay buying their medications, skip or reduce their prescribed doses, or simply not buy them at all.

PRMC's nurse practitioner Regina Kundell warns, that dangerous to future health. "The medications are needed to prevent the complications that would really be more costly in the end ," she says.

Those with a chronic illness often have ten or more prescriptions at once. Researchers found that a third of them are having trouble affording it. Many are pointing the finger at doctors for not asking their patients about their financial status before prescribing medications.

But Kundell says, medical professionals on DelMarVa do ask their patients what their affordability is. "Our community is keenly aware of some of the financial worries we have in a rural area. Because of that, we all tend to work together, I think, to figure something out," she says.

Doctors can lower the price of medications and visits, but there's a limit on how much they can do. And a one-time fix won't necessarily help in the long run. Kundell believes, more of the blame falls on a faulty health insurance system, which she believes doesn't do enough to protect those who cant afford their co-pays and deductibles.

"I just don't think we've done enough planning before we just decided to hand everybody a card. I hope the men and women in Washington have done more thinking about that and have those answers, because I certainly am not sure what the plan for that is," she says.

 

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