Ensuring patients adhere to their prescribed medication is not only important for their health but can also significantly impact the financial strain on the healthcare system. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nonadherence to medication can cost thousands of dollars annually. For instance, one study found that better adherence to prescribed medications lowered healthcare costs among patients with congestive heart failure by an estimated $7,800 per person yearly.
Similarly, patients taking blood pressure medication could save approximately $3,900 annually, while those taking medication to manage high cholesterol could save $1,250 every year.
The issue of medication adherence is even more critical in underserved areas, where public health diseases like tuberculosis (TB) are prevalent. Patients with TB require Directly Observed Therapy (DOT), where healthcare professionals oversee medication intake and monitor the response to treatment. Unfortunately, TB disproportionately affects underserved communities, with CDC data indicating that ethnic and racial minority groups account for around 88% of reported TB cases in America.
Improving medication adherence in underserved communities, particularly for diseases like TB, is crucial not only for individual patient outcomes but also for reducing healthcare costs and promoting health equity. By addressing the underlying social determinants of health, we can create a more equitable healthcare system that ensures every patient receives the care they deserve.
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