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What Healthcare Issues Do MS Patients Face?


Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system (made up of the brain and spinal cord), leading to varying levels of disability. As with other chronic conditions, people with MS can face barriers to accessing health care. This is due to the direct and indirect costs of MS, as well as systemic issues in the healthcare system.

In this article, learn more about the issues that affect access to health care for people with MS. SDI Productions / Getty Images What Issues Affect MS Healthcare Access?

MS healthcare access is impacted by many factors. Read on to learn about issues that impact the accessibility of MS care. Associated Treatment Costs

MS is a complex disease. Unfortunately, the associated treatment costs can be very high when all factors are considered. Direct costs of MS can include:1 Specialist visits

Diagnostic tests

Insurance premiums, deductibles, and copays Medications Inpatient care Outpatient care Home health care Surgeries Long-term or rehabilitative care Social services Caregivers Home modifications Assistive devices (such as walkers, canes, or tub chairs) Assistive technologies (such as pill dispensers or augmentative and alternative communication) Travel costs to access health care There are also other […]

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