Why Can’t Doctors Tell Patients How Much Meds Cost?

Although the health plans don’t pay doctors to help patients “shop for medicines,” I have learned that they do pay doctors to switch their prescriptions from branded to generic. Of course, this entire struggle between health plan and brand-name drugmaker is entirely invisible to the patient, and, therefore, likely results in perverse outcomes.

I participate in the discussion over at this health policy blog.

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