Report: Medicine use falls with high copays
Wednesday, May 19, 2004 Posted: 9:09 AM EDT (1309 GMT)
CHICAGO, Illinois (Reuters) -- Sharp increases in out-of-pocket prescription drug payments could cause people to cut use of medications for chronic diseases like asthma and diabetes and may lead to more costly medical problems, according to a study.
Doubling co-payments, the amount paid by patients, was linked to reduced use of eight types of drugs for problems like asthma, depression and allergies, according to a study released by a unit of the nonprofit research organization RAND Corp.
Spending on outpatient prescription drugs, along with hospital and doctor costs, is rising at several times the rate of inflation.