Lowering the Costs of Asthma Treatment
Asthma treatment has made great strides, but good care is costly. Here are ways to get some help.
Working With Your Doctor
Experts stress that you should be honest and direct with your doctor about
your financial situation.
"Patients need to be up front," says Edelman. "I know it can be
embarrassing. But if you can't afford a medicine, you need to look your doctor
in the eye and say so. Then your doctor may be able to come up with a new
You need to advocate for yourself. "People need to be proactive,"
says Bernstein. "They need to be asking their doctors and pharmacists about
any ways to lower the cost of their treatment."
Edelman says that doctors need to be more sensitive to a patient's
"As doctors, we should be doing a better job of helping people with
limited resources," says Bernstein. "We need to be more creative. We
need to help them find ways for them to get the treatment they need."
Whatever you do, don't ignore your condition. If you haven't had an asthma
attack recently, you might be less careful about your treatment than you should
be, says Edelman. It is easy to let your treatment slide, especially if your
finances are tight.
"Ignoring your asthma isn't good for you and it doesn't make sense
financially," says Edelman. An asthma attack -- whether yours or a family
member's -- could force you to take time off from work. Losing that income can
be a devastating blow to your finances.
"I always tell people to make their asthma care a financial
priority," he tells WebMD. "It will save you money in the