The Impact of Reducing Cardiovascular Medication Copayments on Health Spending and Resource Utilization

The Impact of Reducing Cardiovascular Medication Copayments on Health Spending and Resource Utilization

Insurers impose copayments to reduce overall health care spending, but these higher out-of-pocket expenses can also prompt patients to reduce their use of essential medications. Previous studies have shown that reducing or eliminating copayments for cardiovascular medications prescribed after heart attacks both lowers the total cost of care and improves long-term outcomes. With Commonwealth Fund support, researchers set out to determine if removing drug copayments could lower costs and decrease the incidence of major coronary events for the larger population of at-risk people who take these medications but have not suffered heart attacks.

http://www.commonwealthfund.org/Publications/In-Brief/2012/Nov/The-Impact-of-Reducing-Cardiovascular-Medication.aspx