Emily Carrier and Peter Cunningham
E. Carrier and P. Cunningham, “Medical Cost Burdens Among Nonelderly Adults with Asthma,” American Journal of Managed Care, published online Nov. 19, 2014.
Asthma, like many other chronic diseases, can be controlled with medication and self-management techniques, leading to better health outcomes and lower health care costs overall. However, these savings typically accrue to the health care system, not the patient. This Commonwealth Fund–supported study examines asthma patients’ health care costs and their ability or willingness to adhere to recommended treatment.
Researchers looked at health care spending and utilization data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey—Household Component for adults ages 18 to 64 who were diagnosed with asthma, and conducted interviews with patients. Their findings:
Value-based strategies, such as very low patient cost-sharing for asthma medications and treatments, can help people with asthma and encourage adherence to recommended care.