More Drugs Do Not Mean Better Care
December 11, 2010
A new study now proves that spending more on drugs does not always translate into healthier patients. And in a second study, it was shown that when government insurers crack down on payments for certain drugs, doctors are less likely to prescribe them unnecessarily.
There are enormous variations across the U.S. in how much doctors and hospitals spend on drugs to treat Medicare patients. But there was found to be no correlation between that spending and how well patients did. And in regions with higher per capita medical spending, patients were more likely to be given prescriptions for riskier drugs.
"[The] second study found that when Medicare stopped paying so much for a drug that could be used inappropriately, doctors used it less often -- and more effectively."