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Well joining -- now an interesting segments.
Doctor tells you what to do do you -- automatically.
-- you then go on the Internet and read more and think maybe you know -- or there might be some other alternative.
-- joining me now from saint Louis Missouri is Robert niece she's a health -- scientist Robert thanks for joining us.
Hello Jamie how are you I'm great thanks I don't I might be one of those people so.
First tell me why don't people listen to their doctors all the time.
But we just did a study on this -- the most fascinating and sobering part of a study.
Is that non adherence is killing us.
I -- both literally killing us and financially.
Killing us believe it or not it is the costliest condition afflicting Americans today we spend more on the downstream effects of non parents.
And we -- on cancer.
On diabetes and heart disease a list goes on and on this is a huge problem and it's really not sustainable so.
The QR I I hate to use a phrase.
It's a great it's actually a great way to think about the problem to think about it as if it's its own health -- condition.
The study found.
The study found that.
That about two thirds of the problem slightly more than two thirds of the problem.
Is simply due to people forgetting to take their medications.
When it's time.
On getting a -- when -- out of their medications.
And I'm getting a new prescription when the prescription has no more refills left that is really.
But the big chunk of the problem and that's the kind of Health Care Reform no matter where you sit on the spectrum of things.
That's the kind of real Health Care Reform that can happen in the home two days.
At the medicine cabinet.
Do you think that -- overprescribed nation.
Medications are a fantastic intervention incredibly impressive technology when used appropriately.
But as -- -- Everett Koop who is the ex surgeon general says the pills don't work if you don't take them and they certainly don't work when they're in a bottle.
That is the big limitation and that's what's driving this 300 billion plots and unnecessary -- In the United States today which you know there's a whole generation.
Not mind probably not yours who didn't even go to the doctor.
Who will now that there are living longer are and their elderly an -- -- We -- children are saying you must take care of your diabetes you must go to the doctor for this or that you must take a supplement for what ever.
They just don't -- it.
You don't you don't what we found really was that two thirds of that is not about that not about people saying I don't want to do it I can't afford the drugs don't work.
The drugs have side effects although if those are the -- those are real issues that's about a third of -- about two thirds of -- are people who really intend to do the right thing.
But just never get around to doing it while we.
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