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Drug adherence may improve with incentives, but spending reduction might not offset cost
Modern Healthcare

Eliminating or lowering drug co-pays may improve patients’ adherence to their medication regimens, but the reduction in overall health spending may not be enough to offset the cost.

That was the experience of one insurer in a study published Monday in the policy journal Health Affairs.

Health insurers and policymakers, including those that drafted the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, are experimenting with the use of financial incentives to encourage consumers to use cost-effective treatments without creating barriers to preventive care or treatment to manage costly, chronic diseases.