I think the mentality is that when people pay a $35 copay as compared to let’s say, $350 for an office visit, what they are not understanding are a few critical points.
1) I am not spending 15 min with you and sending you off and not communicating with you. I am spending 90 minutes, answering every question you have, giving you tons of information
2) You are not getting to the root cause, so that $35 copay is multiplied by 20x at least, going back to the doctor over and over and seeing specialists, getting countless tests, being put on expensive meds that cause more issues eventually
3) Consider the fact you spend $5 for an overpriced latte everyday over a month. That money could be used towards your health
4) Studies have shown that patients who see cash-based docs spend less in a year as compared to seeing insurance-based docs. Why? Because a patient on average sees me 3-4 times per year, because they are getting healthier, not sicker, thus they have less need to seek healthcare/sickcare. Patients are taught to be proactive, not reactive. So, all in all, it is up to the patient/person to determine how sick and tired they are of feeling tired and sick. It is never too early or too late to take control of your health. Just do it, and consider it the best investment you’ll ever make. Because disease isn’t cheap, but prevention is in the long run. Remember that cliché by Benjamin Franklin? It’s legit.
An ounce of prevention IS worth a pound of cure.