A new study conducted by the researchers of Massachusetts General Hospital and was published in the journal series, JAMA Internal Medicine, showed that people who were diagnosed with diabetes may have poorer control and proper care of their condition if they experience difficulty in paying for their and medication.
It is actually quite ironic to think that when the kinds of food you eat are limited, the greater it is you spend on such. No wonder that those who are diagnosed with diabetes have such difficulty in finding and paying for the proper food to eat.
Although The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act aims to increase access to health insurance among individuals with low income, there are still a huge number of people experiencing difficulty in paying and most of them have diabetes.
According to the researchers, past studies have suggested that many low-income diabetes patients experience “material need insecurities” – such as problems paying for housing, household utilities, food and medications – that are “outside the scope of standard medical interventions”, and that such may affect their ability to manage their conditions.
In their study which consisted of 411 patients, 19.1% reported difficulty in paying for food, 27.6% reported underuse of medication due to cost, 10.7% reported housing instability and 14.1% reported difficulty paying for utilities. At least one material eed insecurity was reported among 39.1% of the patients.
The researchers found out that patients who reported difficulty paying for food and cost-related medication underuse were more likely to have poor diabetes control than those who did not have such insecurities.
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