Americans Look for Ways to Cut Medical Costs

While cutting back on health care costs may help some Americans save money in the short term, it could lead to serious problems later on.

As Americans continue to struggle in this economic climate, many are eyeing ways to slash health care costs to save money.

A survey released this month by benefits consulting firm Watson Wyatt found that 17% percent of the 2,500 surveyed had avoided a recommended doctor's visit this year to save costs. Another 17 percent did not fill a prescription or skipped doses of prescribed medicine, an increase from 13 percent in 2007.

However, health care leaders say short-term savings could lead to illness or even death. Instead, Americans need to take better care of themselves through nutrition, exercise and stress management.

Source:  Los Angeles Times,Cut health costs, not your care

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