Piedmont Physician: Preventive Medicine Can Lessen Health Expenses Prevention means maintaining a healthy lifestyle and preventing disease; however, to Monica ChappellMarshall, MD, a primary care physician at Piedmont Physicians of Covington, it also can mean saving patients money. “It’s important to catch things before they become a problem,” Dr. Chappell-Marshall said. “This is so that I can not only minimize the number of medications taken, but ultimately minimize the amount of money people have to spend on their health.” Chronic diseases, such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes, are responsible for 7 of every 10 deaths among Americans each year and account for 75% of the nation’s health spending, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This is why Dr. Chappell-Marshall stresses the importance of annual physicals to aid in the prevention of serious health issues and the subsequent cost of treatment later in life.
“I encourage people of all ages to invest a little bit in their health now to keep from having to pay larger healthcare costs down the road.”
“I encourage people of all ages to invest a little bit in their health now to keep from having to pay larger healthcare costs down the road,” Dr. ChappellMarshall said. “There are many cost-effective ways to ward off conditions such as heart disease and it starts with a healthy lifestyle – namely, diet and exercise.” Dr. Chappell-Marshall notes that approximately 22% of individuals in Newton County, Georgia live in poverty. For some, the cost of healthcare can be crippling, and many people find it difficult to pay for regular checkups and medications for themselves and their family members. “If people are prescribed medicines they can’t afford, then they won’t take them,” said Dr. ChappellMarshall. “It’s important to analyze a person’s needs and to find a medicine that works for a patient and ensure they understand the steps that can be taken to prevent the need for more medications in the future.” For more than a century, Piedmont physicians have been providing care for Georgia families as part of the Piedmont Healthcare system — a comprehensive network of hospitals, care centers and specialists. So whether you need a routine checkup or critical care, you can rest assured that Piedmont Healthcare has the resources close at hand to get you the care you need. To schedule a same-day appointment with Dr. Chappell-Marshall, visit piedmont.org.
SPRING 2017 | HEALTHY IN NEWTON