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3 Of The Most Expensive Medical Conditions: How to Prevent Them

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Prevention: Not all risk can be eliminated but you can reduce your risk of being diagnosed with cancer. Do not smoke or drink alcohol to excess. Eat a healthy diet, exercise frequently and apply sunscreen daily and liberally.

3) Childbirth

Childbirth isn’t typically a medical condition one thinks about when discussing expensive procedures. However, it is the most common reason for people to be in the hospital, with more than 4.2 million babies born in the United States every year, reported WebMD.

Cesarean section births are on the rise, and cost about 50 percent more than vaginal births. They also can come with added health risks which could increase the cost of the childbirth substantially. A premature birth can leave a baby with significant problems which can be enormously expensive costing about $101,000, wrote Forbes.com.

Prevention: Of course, childbirth may not be something that needs to be prevented. There are ways, though, to reduce the risk of complications from childbirth, including premature birth and C-sections.

Pregnant moms should be sure to take the recommended amount of folic acid, along with other vitamins. They should get regular medical checkups throughout the pregnancy, and should not smoke or drink alcohol while they are pregnant. These ideas may help to lower the risks of complications in childbirth, and therefore lower the risk of higher costs births.

Sources:

Forbes.com. “The 10 Most Expensive Common Medical Conditions.” Web. 25 February 2012.
http://www.forbes.com/sites/davidwhelan/2012/02/25/the-10-most-expensive-common-medical-conditions

Webmd.com. “Slideshow: Top 11 Medical Expenses.” Web. 16 December 2015.
http://www.webmd.com/healthy-aging/disability-cost-13/slideshow-medical-expenses

Reviewed December 17, 2015
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith

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