Because of the rise in costs of conventional medical treatments, many patients nowadays are beguiled by their health insurance companies into undergoing considerably less expensive options such as step therapy. This “wealth before health” kind of thinking is actually futile and unwise, at best, since step therapy is never a good option in treating life-threatening diseases.
The hierarchical treatment process of step therapy, after all, is incredibly risky when it comes to treating serious conditions like cancer. While step therapy has its advantages (it’s a good option for treating less serious diseases and mitigating pain), it should never be considered as a primary treatment option.
In fact, the reason why a lot of patients fall to the step therapy trap is because health insurance companies lure them into thinking that they will be able to spend less on their medication, when, in fact, it is actually just a means for the latter to earn more in the long run by dispensing cheaper drug alternatives to patients. And, as if that’s not enough, most of these alleged “cures” are actually very ineffective, worthless, and could even make the condition of the patient worse due to side effects.
What is equally alarming is that the trend of step therapy is rising due to the lack of information about the danger of its misuse. The infographic that can be read below seeks to remedy this. In it, we focused on comparing conventional therapy with that of step therapy. The complete contrast between the two is glaring, to say the least, and you simply have to find time to read the infographic to know why.