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What Health Care Really Costs

What Health Care Really Costs

We know that health costs are a major problem for all of us. Even though you don't pay those costs yourself, it may be helpful to know costs. Do you know that taking care of yourself can cost less than waiting until you are sick? Here are some examples of that:

Asthma

Taking good care of asthma is important to you. Depending on your age and how bad your asthma is, you should be measuring your peak flows every day.

Taking good care of your asthma means taking your controller medication daily. Using your rescue inhaler as needed. You need to fill your prescriptions every month. Remember to see your doctor regularly and get your flu shot every year. This costs your health plan about $1,800 a year.

But going to the emergency room (ER) when you can't catch your breath or are wheezing from asthma costs about $600 each visit. Being admitted to the hospital for asthma costs over $6,000!

Taking good care of your asthma means taking your controller medication daily.

The cost of taking care of yourself:
12 Months Controller Medication $1,200
3 Months Rescue Medication $500
1 Doctor Visit $100
$1,800 per year
The cost of each ER visit if you don’t
take your controller medication:
Hospital Costs $400
Doctor Costs $200
$600 per ER visit
The cost of each hospital stay if you
don’t take your controller medication
and become very ill:
Hospital Costs $2,100/day
Doctor Costs $100/day
$6,600 per hospital stay
Average length of stay: 4 days
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Pregnancy

Taking good care of yourself when you are pregnant is very important to you and your baby. It is very important to see your doctor and take your vitamins. Remember you should not smoke, take drugs or drink alcohol.

It helps to know the warning signs of early labor. If you don’t, not only could you and your baby be sick, but the costs go up.

If you are in the hospital for a long time because you have problems, the cost is over $1,000/day. For every week your baby stays in the intensive care unit, it can cost over $16,000 for that week.

Taking good care of yourself when you are pregnant is very important to you and your baby.

The cost of taking care of yourself:
Doctor Visits (8 visits) $800
Prenatal Vitamins (9 months) $100
$900 per pregnancy
The cost for a normal vaginal delivery:
Hospital Costs $5,000
Anesthesiology Costs $500
Doctor Costs $850
$6,350 per delivery
Average length of stay: 2 days
The cost of spending extra time
in the hospital when your baby
is born (per day):
Hospital Costs $1,100/day
$1,100 per day
The cost of your baby being in intensive
care (per day):
Hospital Costs $2,100/day
Doctor Costs $200/day
$2,300 per day
Average length of stay: 13 days
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Flu (Influenza)

The flu season comes every year. Did you know that a flu shot costs about $20 and is recommended for anyone who has health problems? If you miss the flu shot and get the flu and are treated at the doctor’s office, it costs about $80. If you go to the ER, it costs about $300. If you need to stay in the hospital, it costs over $8,000.

Think about the flu shot. If you need one, get it.

The flu season comes every year. If you need a shot, get it.

The cost of taking care of yourself:
Cost of a Flu Shot $20
$20 per flu shot
The cost of seeing your doctor when you have the flu:
Doctor Visit $100
$100 per doctor visit
The cost of each ER visit if you did not
see your doctor:
Hospital Costs $300
Doctor Costs $200
$500 per ER visit
The cost of one flu-related hospital stay:
Hospital Costs $2,000/day
Doctor Costs $100/day
$8,400 per hospital stay
Average length of stay: 4 days
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Diabetes

If you have diabetes, it pays to take care of yourself. Watch your blood sugar. You also need to control your blood pressure which you can do through diet, exercise and taking your medicines. You should see your doctor regularly. Remember to get your blood and urine checked.

Keeping your diabetes under control costs about $1,800 a year. Going to the ER because your sugar is too high can cost over $1,000 each visit. Staying in the hospital can cost over $6,000.

Bad things can happen if you don’t take care of yourself. You could lose your kidneys, a foot or your sight because of diabetes.

If you have diabetes, take care of yourself.

The cost of taking care of your diabetes:
12 Months of Insulin $1,600
Doctor Visits (every 6 months) $200
$1,800 per year
The cost of each ER visit if you don’t
control your diabetes:
Hospital Costs $700
Doctor Costs $400
$1,100 per ER visit
The cost of each hospital stay if you
don’t control your diabetes
and become very ill:
Hospital Costs $1,500/day
Doctor Costs $100/day
$6,400 per hospital stay
Average length of stay: 4 days
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Smoking

Smoking is very expensive for you and bad for your health. A pack a day can cost you $5 or over $1,800 a year. Smoking increases your chances of heart attack, cancer and stroke.

Making up your mind to quit smoking costs you nothing. If you have to take medicines to help quit, it costs about $100 a month.

Having a heart attack, cancer or a stroke can cost you your life. Being in the hospital for a heart attack can cost about $15,000. Taking care of you if you get cancer can cost over $85,000.

It is time to quit because it can happen to you.

Making up your mind to quit smoking costs you nothing.

The cost of giving up smoking:
Cost of Giving Up Smoking $0
Cost of Medicines to Help You Quit $100/month
$100 per month
The cost of each hospital stay if you
have a heart attack:
Hospital Costs $4,600/day
Doctor Costs $600/day
$15,600 per hospital stay
Average length of stay: 3 days
The cost of cancer caused by smoking:
Hospital Costs $50,000
Chemotherapy $13,000
Surgery $4,400
Doctor Costs $1,400
Other Services $17,200
$86,000 per hospital stay
Average length of stay: 9 days
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Dental

Regular brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums are important to your health. Filling a cavity or getting a root canal can cost between $100 and $500. Losing a tooth can ruin your smile and can cause you to lose other teeth.

Avoiding sweets, regular brushing, flossing and getting fluoride treatments can help you keep your smile.

It is especially important to take care of your teeth if you are pregnant. How you take care of your teeth and gums matters to your baby’s health.

Taking care of your children’s teeth will help them talk better, chew well and help your child keep his or her next set of teeth.

Regular brushing and flossing of your teeth and gums are important to your health.

The cost of taking care of your teeth:
Dental Visit (every 6 months) $300
$300 per year
The cost of a cavity or root canal:
Cavity $100
Root Canal $500
$100-$500 per cavity or root canal
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Shots (immunizations)

Many childhood diseases can be stopped if your child gets all needed shots on time. Don’t wait to get shots. By getting shots on time, you can protect your child from disease. You will also protect others at school or daycare. Shots are not just for your children. Teens need to get shots too.

Shots are a gift of health.

The cost of getting shots:
Cost of Getting Shots $40
$40 per shot
The cost of getting sick:
Doctor Visit $80
$80 per doctor visit*
*This cost can go up if you need to go to the hospital.
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