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The New York Times reports that approximately 125,000 deaths and at least 10% of hospitalizations can be attributed to lack of prescription adherence. From a financial perspective, negligence costs the American health care system between $100 billion and $289 billion a year.
“Studies have consistently shown that 20% to 30% of medication are never filled, and that approximately 50% of medications for chronic disease are not taken as prescribed,” according to a review of research in Annals of Internal Medicine. Those who do take medications take only about half the prescribed doses, regardless of their condition's severity.
These numbers demonstrate that, simply by following doctor's orders, patients can better control their condition, or cure it altogether. And they'll likely save money by doing so.
MedBen works with clients to bolster prescription adherence through a variety of measures, such as strategic pharmacy plan design with an emphasis on lower-cost generic alternatives, and incentives to encourage population health through our WellLiving program. Closely tied to this is emphasizing to plan members the importance of maintaining a relationship with their family doctors, which promotes personal accountability in addition to preventive care.
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