Patients face healthcare costs barriers such as transportation prices and the cost of taking time off work.
Patients face numerous indirect healthcare cost hurdles that impact their ability to access treatment, according to a recent guidance from America’s Essential Hospitals.
The guidance, which comes as a part of an entire library of resources for discussing care costs with patients, outlined the list of indirect costs of care patients face. Indirect costs of care include the expenses patients face when seeking healthcare that are not necessarily tied to a medical bill. They include but are not limited to:
- Cost of travel or transportation (gas, parking)
- Time of travel
- Cost of food (during travel to and time at appointments)
- Cost of child or elder care