Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The affects of unemployment on one's health

Danielle Ofri, M.D., details how one unemployed patient in particular is paying a price with the stress of unemployment. The patient, who had regular check-ups while employed, found herself without insurance when she was laid off. Unemployed and uninsured for six months, the patient finally bit the bullet and saw the doctor for a knee issue that made it too painful to walk. The bill for the visit was $400 only to be told that she had arthritis and to take Tylenol. In addition, the doctor let her know that she now had hypertension and was prediabetic due to the stress and added weight she had gained while being unemployed.

With so many people unemployed right now, what is the best way to ensure their health doesn't take a dive while searching for a new position?

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