Positive effects on the healthcare system
The Multiple Sclerosis News Today article also discussed how quitting smoking and raising vitamin D levels had a positive effect on the healthcare system. The article reports that healthcare savings from quitting smoking and increasing vitamin D levels were about $2,900-$19,026 per person who quit smoking, and $505-$7205 per person who increased his or her vitamin D levels. European MS health care costs are around $42,926 per patient per year. These numbers increase as MS progresses. Finding ways to reduce burdens on the healthcare system will benefit the economy and hopefully increase access to healthcare in the long term.