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How Inflation Impacts Health Behavior and Outcomes

Learn about inflation’s impact on people’s health behavior and outcomes, and how to stabilize your population’s health habits in challenging times.

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A version of this article was previously published in Harvard Business Review. Read it here.

As inflation hit a 40-year high over the summer of 2022, many Americans continue to face tough decisions on how to tighten budgets, even cutting medical care at the expense of their health. 

For the 37 million American adults living with diabetes and 116 million managing hypertension, deciding to skip appointments or prescriptions can be life-threatening. However, physician visits and pharmacy pick-ups merely scratch the surface of inflation’s impact on health behavior. Unhealthy short-term decisions can have surprisingly negative long-term effects.

Learn about inflation’s impact on health behavior and outcomes, and how Omada helps members manage chronic conditions during times of uncertainty.