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Medical Cost Burdens Among Adults with Asthma

Many patients with asthma and other chronic conditions face high health care costs, which may make them unable or unwilling to follow recommended treatment, according to a Commonwealth Fund–supported study in the American Journal of Managed Care (Nov. 2014). The authors, led by Emily Carrier, M.D., a researcher with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ Innovation Center, argue that low out-of-pocket cost-sharing would likely encourage asthma sufferers to take medications needed to self-manage their condition.

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