Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Patients Turn-down Their Meds to Cope With Economic Downturn

To assess the impact of today's changing economy, the health care information company, Epocrates Inc., surveyed 700 physicians across the US. According to their results, 95% of doctors believe that the economic downturn is causing patients to make poor choices in health care. Patients are not filling prescriptions, and are skipping doses, and splitting pills in an effort to cut short-term costs. In addition, 55% of doctors surveyed recall writing more generic prescriptions in 2008 than in previous years.