Prevention Series: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure!

Many of us know that it can be expensive to manage medical issues and diseases. Unfortunately, there are still many Americans who are unaware that prevention is a vital tool to help people avoid high medical costs. Being proactive about preventive health will result in a healthier you and it can save you money in the long run. Chronic diseases have significant health and economic costs in the United States. Preventing chronic diseases, or managing symptoms when prevention is not possible, can reduce these costs.

On Health Happens, our weekly Facebook Live show, we talked with Tony Saiz, BS Pharm, RPh and Denver Division Manager with Safeway Pharmacy about the importance of being proactive with preventive health and how this change can help you avoid high medical costs down the road. Click here to watch the full episode.

According to the American Diabetes Association, Health costs for Americans with diabetes are 2.3 times greater than Americans without diabetes.

Insulin is one of the most talked-about issues in disease management, especially when related to cost. The average cost of prescriptions for disease management can vary greatly, but Diabetes is one of the diseases that have significant health costs.

Other examples of diseases with significant health costs:

  • Hypertension
  • High Cholesterol
  • Heart Disease

Some of the most common diseases in America are expensive to manage once they have developed.

Saiz stated, “When you compare those costs with the cost of recommended preventive health services, there is a significant cost saving! Not only will you save money in the future because you do not have to consistently manage health issues through medication/surgery/multiple doctor appointments, but there is a significant saving you receive by being informed about your health.”

Family History and Prevention

For those who may have a family history of diseases, it is important to know that you may also be at risk. It is also equally important to understand the cost of that particular health issue. For many, this can be a motivator for them to focus on prevention. Understanding your risk disease and the potential cost of that disease can be highly motivating to make changes and really focus on preventive health. 

To learn more information about the cost of managing health issues, reach out to your Pharmacist, Primary Care Physician, and/or Nurse Practitioner. These are fantastic resources you can use to have a better understanding of the cost of preventive health services versus disease management.

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