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Study: Patients More Likely to Take Vital Meds When Copays Waived

Patients discharged from the hospital after experiencing a heart attack were more likely to take medications prescribed for their condition when copayments were eliminated, a Commonwealth Fund–supported study concludes. Compared with patients whose health plan coverage included cost-sharing for routinely prescribed drugs like statins and beta blockers, the patients with full coverage also experienced fewer heart attacks, strokes, and other vascular events during the study period.

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