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.