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Avoiding visits to the doctor because of the expense can end up costing more in the long run if you leave serious symptoms untreated or fail to properly manage a chronic condition. Valley News/Courtesy photo
Family FeaturesSpecial to Valley NewsManaging a chronic disease takes plenty of special planning and attention, and in many cases, a lot of money. In some cases, the expenses associated with disease management are overwhelming, forcing patients to skip essential treatments or medication and risk serious health complications.One example is diabetes. A study published in the “Journal of American Medicine” found that one in four individuals with diabetes had rationed their insulin, which can impact short- and long-term health. Since 2002, the list price of insulin has risen, often costing customers without health insurance or on high-deductible insurance plans upward of $1,000 for a one-month supply.Consider these ideas to help manage the expense associated with a chronic
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