A new report suggests insurance customers may be sacrificing their health in an effort to save money.
According to the American Osteopathic Association, more than half of the participants surveyed said they were cognizant of their budgets before making their healthcare decisions. For example, three in 10 respondents said they have skipped or trimmed the number of visits to their primary care provider to save money.
Rob Danoff, a family physician and board-certified member of the AOA, said insurance customers who are looking to save should not do so at the expense of their overall health.
"Annual and follow-up visits to your primary care physician should never be cut from your budget," said Danoff. "Even if you don't feel sick, the routine screenings conducted during physical examinations can help detect the warning signs of heart disease or other illnesses."
He added that if people are struggling financially, they may want to speak with their doctors about any alternative treatment plans or affordable health insurance policies. Furthermore, he stated that individuals can reduce their health costs by implementing some lifestyle changes, such as exercising regularly and eating a well-balanced diet.