Following Doctor's Orders on Medicine Can Save Patients Thousands of Dollars, Prevent Hospital Stays

Not taking medicines as prescribed can hurt a patient's wallet as well as their health and far outweigh any savings on the pharmacy bill.

Not filling prescriptions and even skipping doses can result in serious complications and lead to ER visits and hospital stays, even premature death.

Patients not taking medicine as prescribed cost the U.S. healthcare system roughly $290 billion a year in extra treatment and related costs, research shows. One study estimated those patients pay about $2,000 a year in extra out-of-pocket medical costs.

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Sources: Chicago Tribune; Associated Press