Access to medically necessary healthcare—including prescription medications—is critical for successful patient outcomes, yet patients’ access to care and treatment are often impeded or blocked entirely by high deductibles, co-pays and coinsurance.
These out-of-pocket costs hit low-income seniors and individuals with disabilities especially hard, and are a key reason why many Medicare beneficiaries do not initiate or adhere to treatment.
However, other factors also play a role in preventing people from adhering to the medications prescribed by their healthcare providers. This issue brief examines why some patients do not adhere to their prescription medications, how non-adherence impacts these patients, and strategies that have been proposed to improve medication adherence.
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