Lower Health Care Costs

A new study identifies a way to lower health care costs.

Insurance companies often use a three tiered co-payment system for prescriptions with tier one being the cheapest, usually generic drugs. But doctors often have trouble keeping track of these plans.

After an e-prescribing system went into effect in Massachusetts, researchers compared the prescription habits of doctors using the system to those not using the electronic system. They found doctors using e-prescribing were four percent more likely to recommend the cheapest, tier one drugs.

At that rate, e-prescribing could potentially save millions of dollars a year in health care costs.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 9, 2008 at 06:29 AM
    That is great for people who have insurance, but for those of us who don't and need to call local pharmacies to check on the lowest price it is not so good.

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