Self-care could save U.S. $5 bn annually

WASHINGTON — The Consumer Healthcare Products Association recently issued the first piece in its “Your Health at Hand” awareness campaign with a cost analysis that found Americans can avoid approximately 50 million unnecessary visits to primary care physicians each year, resulting in $5 billion in annualized savings thanks to self-care. 

According to physicians surveyed, at least 10% of their office visits could have been resolved instead with a trip to the front-end of the pharmacy. 

It’s a message that ought to resonate with both consumers in search of fiscal relief and policy-makers debating where they want to take healthcare legislation.

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