As health care costs rise everyone is looking for ways to save and cut costs. Recent studies and polls reveal that many are foregoing their medicine for other necessities of life like food and shelter. Patient compliance has dropped to a new low. Patients are taking their medication as needed when their budget allows. This means less to none on a daily basis. Many are finding this indeed saves money, and possibly affects their health outcome minimally.
As food is the sustenance of life, many are making healthier choices. This helps their medical maladies as well. For hypertension and diabetes proper food choices can often alleviate the need for “stronger” treatment with medication. As more patients learn about dietary management and adhere to it, they find that they can indeed save money.
Talk to your healthcare provider if you are noncompliant with your medication because of the cost, or side effects that may cause other conditions requiring more medication, more money. Be sure to get formal diet and nutrition counseling. This will help make the right choices when you shop for food. Contrary to popular myth, healthy food is actually affordable. Shop smart to save your money and your health!