About 1 in 10 Americans Can’t Afford Their Medicine

Lifesaving Medication

One in ten Americans cannot afford to take prescribed medicine and skip their doses or don’t take them at all, potentially putting their life at risk. Good thing there’s a scheme to make health care accessible to everyone.

Access to healthcare is a human right but sadly, many Americans find themselves unable to afford the high costs of prescription medication. Not every health insurance plan covers prescription medications and the number of people who live with a chronic health problem is increasing.

Half of all American Adults are Chronically Ill

In 2012, half of all adults had at least one chronic health problem, and one in four of them had two or more. This makes chronic disease the leading cause of disability and death in the United States. Approximately seven out of 10 top causes of death were a chronic disease. Heart disease and cancer accounted for nearly 46% of all deaths.

One in 12 people have asthma and require asthma medication, and around one in 24 has a food allergy. Food allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish, and shellfish generally last a lifetime and may require the use of epinephrine — an anti-anaphylaxis drug.

The Rx Solution noted that the number of Americans who require medications for serious conditions is on the rise, and it’s a serious problem that needs an immediate solution.

People Skip Prescriptions to Save Money

The cost of having a chronic health problem can be expensive. Medicines that control symptoms and might even save lives are not being filled to save money. Poorest adults who live below the poverty level are likely to choose not to take their prescription. Others don’t take the medicine as recommended by their doctor and reduce the number of doses to reduce the cost. In the case of heart medications, such a decision could have negative consequences. A small number even buy drugs — those may not be licenced or may not even be a genuine drug at all — from abroad via the Internet

Help is available through prescription patient assistance programs to cover the cost of prescription medications and solve the problem of under-insurance. Don’t go without medical care. Seek help today.