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One in three people with psoriasis do not receive proper treatment due to health insurance issues: Survey

August 24, 2015

Many patients also face high copays for prescribed treatments. For example, patients may have a copay of $50 a session for ultraviolet light treatment, a form of therapy that can be very effective for some forms of psoriasis. A typical patient might require three treatments a week for 12 or more weeks, creating out-of-pocket costs of $600 a month.

The National Psoriasis Foundation has also been working with state legislators in Illinois as a pilot initiative to advocate for limits on copayments charged for phototherapy.

Disease severity has consequences

Psoriasis impacts those with very severe disease on many fronts. Among those with very severe disease:

62 percent are obese versus 41 percent of respondents with mild to moderate forms of psoriasis;51 percent score poorly on quality of life measures versus 30 percent of respondents with mild to moderate disease;37 percent see three or more doctors to treat their psoriasis;60 percent say psoriasis is a large problem in everyday life.

"Psoriasis is a serious autoimmune disorder and proper treatment can dramatically improve the lives of people with the disease," said Beranek. "We must ensure that everyone has access to the treatments recommended by their physician."

SOURCE National Psoriasis Foundation