Policies to Help Patients Pay Less for Their Medicines: Cover Medicines From Day One

Though growth in medicine prices and spending remains in line with inflation, many of the sickest commercially insured patients continue to face high out-of-pocket costs. Unfortunately, when patients must pay more out of pocket for their medicines, they often fail to fill the medicines their doctors prescribe or ration medicines to make them last longer. This can lead to serious complications and worse health for patients, which could ultimately lead to higher overall health care costs.