Figures released last week suggest 80 million working-age Americans go without medical services each year. They say they can’t afford the cost.
KTRH Medical Expert Dr. Joe Galati calls that “a mistake.” He says avoiding a visit to the doctor will cost you more in the long run. He points to local clinics as an alternative.
“For a relatively modes fee you can be seen by a physician, a physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner,” says Dr. Galati. “So, there is low-cost health care available.”
Galati says people who have no insurance shouldn’t let medical conditions go untreated.
“There are a lot of non-medical interventions,” he points out, “(that don’t) require a doctor or a hospital or a pharmacy. People can eat better, they can lose weight, they can exercise.”
That type of behavior modification can stop many medical problems before they get started.