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How to Help Patients Ease the Burden of Prescription Costs

GOVERNMENT AND PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANY PROGRAMS ADDRESS OUT-OF-POCKET COSTS

By: Lisette Hilton
Date: January 2005
Source: DOC News


Doctors—especially those practicing in low-income areas—oftensee their patients squirm with the news that they need another prescriptiondrug. For some patients, the out-of-pocket costs for medications are sosignificant that it comes down to buying prescriptions or food.

The burden of out-of-pocket health care costs can be especially tough forpeople with type 2 diabetes. At the last American Diabetes Association (ADA)Scientific Sessions, Leonard E. Egede, MD, and Paul J. Nietert, PhD, reportedthat people with diabetes are spending significant amounts of money out oftheir own pockets on health care.

“People in lower income brackets spend higher proportions of theirtotal income on health care compared with people in higher incomebrackets,” saysNietert.

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How to Help Patients Ease the Burden of Prescription Costs

How to Help Patients Ease the Burden of Prescription Costs