Smarter Medication Use Could Save Billions

A new study has found that medical costs such as prescription drugs could decrease $213 billion if doctors and patients use them more wisely, according to the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The institute created six categories in which patients and doctors could be saving money and making better use of prescribed medications, such as taking medications as directed and giving and receiving prompt diagnosis. The institute’s executive director, Murray Aitken said, “there’s even larger avoidable costs if we were to look at all disease areas where patients aren’t getting optimal care.” More here

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