Americans Look for Ways to Cut Medical Costs

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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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