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People should to look into medicine costs

People should to look into medicine costs

February 22
00:10 2011

EDITORIAL

As allergy and flu season approaches, medicine costs are on the minds of some UNT community members.

The Editorial Board advises people to do their research before visiting the doctor and put an effort into their medical care.

Cost of care

The Kaiser Family Foundation reported in May 2010 that U.S. spending on prescription drugs grew from $40.3 billion in 1990 to $234.1 billion in 2008.

Inflation doesn’t account for that difference.

Generic medicines can, in most cases, provide as effective treatment as name-brand drugs. The difference lies in the cost. Other cost-cutting measures, like some discount programs, have suffered reductions or have been cut because of the economy.

Another outcome of a terrible economy with about 9 percent unemployment is people have less money to spend on health care. College students feel that economic burden, too.

Some have to fend for themselves financially. Many have little to no time to work. Others have little to no time when they can miss work or class.

For most, college means gaining financial and personal independence. Sometimes in that struggle to balance their lives, people have to figure out what they can afford.

No one should have to choose between food and medicine.

Know before you go

According to adrugrecall.com, two recent studies have shown doctors prescribe drugs that pharmacy representatives pitch because the salespeople are pleasant and they establish a personal connection with the physician.

As a result, people need to be well-informed about what medicines doctors usually prescribe, shop for the best price at different pharmacies and ask their doctors questions. If they speak up about their financial and medical concerns, patients have a better chance of getting the care they need.

In addition to understanding the medicines that might be prescribed, people need to know the extent of their health insurance or other medical care coverage.

Sometimes people may not be able to afford what is best for them, but if they talk to the health care professionals, they may be able to find a secondary option to correct the problem.

The Board also suggests people visit the doctor to take advantage of preventive care so problems do not get out of hand before they are diagnosed.

Students are on their own, so it is their responsibility to get the medicine they need.

Knowledge beats an apple a day at keeping the doctor away.

The Editorial Board includes:
Katie Grivna, Abigail Allen, Josh Pherigo, Laura Zamora, Christina Mlynski, Sean Gorman, Nicole Landry, Brianne Tolj, Berenice Quirino, David Williams and Will Sheets.

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