Lack Of Money Leading People To Ignore Doctor's Advice
September 28, 2011

Lack Of Money Leading People To Ignore Doctor’s Advice

A Consumer Reports survey has found that many people in the U.S. ignored their doctor's advice and skipped prescription drugs or medical procedures to save money in 2011.

The survey said half of the 1,226 consumers taking at least one prescription medication admitted to taking steps to save money.

Of the same group, 28 percent took significant risks with their medication to help save money, such as not filling a prescription or taking an expired medication.

The report said the percent of people who reported skimping on medication and other forms of health care rose by 9 percentage points from 39 to 48 percent.

Over a third of respondents said they had a concern about generic drugs or expressed a misconception about them. 

"They thought generics weren´t as effective or safe as brand-name drugs, caused different side effects, or didn´t have to meet the same federal standards," the report said.

Consumer Reports found that just 5 percent of the 2,038 respondents said they found out about the cost of a prescribed drug at the doctor's office.

It said most respondents feel they had misgivings about the way doctors prescribe medication and how drug companies might influence their decisions.  Eighty-five percent said they were concerned about drug companies that reward doctors for writing prescriptions, while 76 percent were worried about doctors who are paid to give testimonials.


Image Caption: Many people in the US are skipping prescriptions and medical procedures to save money. Credit: 18percentgrey / Shutterstock


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