View Poll Results: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the road

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    Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the road)

    Here's a novel idea. One third to one half of patients do not take their medicine as prescribed, leading to expensive complications. A new proposal wants to reward them financially when they take medicine as prescribed. This is supposed to save money in more expensive hospitalizations.

    For Forgetful, Cash Helps the Medicine Go Down - NYTimes.com

    It has long been one of the most vexing causes of America’s skyrocketing health costs: people not taking their medicine.
    One-third to one-half of all patients do not take medication as prescribed, and up to one-quarter never fill prescriptions at all, experts say. Such lapses fuel more than $100 billion dollars in health costs annually because those patients often get sicker.

    Now, a controversial, and seemingly counterintuitive, effort to tackle the problem is gaining ground: paying people money to take medicine or to comply with prescribed treatment. The idea, which is being embraced by doctors, pharmacy companies, insurers and researchers, is that paying modest financial incentives up front can save much larger costs of hospitalization.

    “It’s better to spend money on medication adherence for patients, rather than having them boomerang in and out of the hospital,” said Valerie Fleishman, executive director of the New England Healthcare Institute, a research organization, who said that about one-tenth of hospital admissions and one-quarter of nursing home admissions result from incorrect adherence to medication. “Financial incentives are a critical piece of the solution.”

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    Re: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the r

    Problem with this is that people will then refuse to take medication unless they are getting paid. Stupid idea.

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    Re: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the r

    LOL. Too funny, I don't even know how to respond to this idiotic idea.
    "I condemn the ideology of White Supremacy and Nazism. They are thugs, criminals, and repugnant, and are against what I believe to be "The American Way" "
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    Re: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the r

    Quote Originally Posted by Caine View Post
    LOL. Too funny, I don't even know how to respond to this idiotic idea.
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    Re: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the r

    Before I read the article I was thinking the incentive was mostly for the mentally ill who are on the street with TB or whatever. I was a little surprised once I read the article and I'd like to see more data like....What are the ages of the patients who are forgetting to take the meds? What percentage of the patients are mentally ill, homeless, mentally handicapped, AND does their illness affect the way they think about (or don't think about) their illness?

    The article doesn't give me enough information.


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    Re: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the r

    "Doctor, I can't remember to take my meds, duh. I need something to encourage me. I'm gonna die! I need beer money too, otherwise I'll forget to take my meds. Can you pay my electric bill too?"

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    Re: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the r

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
    Here's a novel idea. One third to one half of patients do not take their medicine as prescribed, leading to expensive complications. A new proposal wants to reward them financially when they take medicine as prescribed. This is supposed to save money in more expensive hospitalizations.

    For Forgetful, Cash Helps the Medicine Go Down - NYTimes.com
    You can't fix stupid by throwing money at it.

    Haven't we learned this already?
    I was discovering that life just simply isn't fair and bask in the unsung glory of knowing that each obstacle overcome along the way only adds to the satisfaction in the end. Nothing great, after all, was ever accomplished by anyone sulking in his or her misery.
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    Re: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the r

    How could you even regulate this??

    "Oh yeah... I took my medicine Now where's my money?"

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    Re: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the r

    Do I get paid per pill? I take 7 in the morning and 8 in the evening. I have never missed a dose and I feel bad when I'm off by half an hour. Oh and I have to pay for these pills.

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    Re: Should we pay non-compliant patients to take their medicine (to save $ down the r

    Quote Originally Posted by MyOwnDrum View Post
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    "I condemn the ideology of White Supremacy and Nazism. They are thugs, criminals, and repugnant, and are against what I believe to be "The American Way" "
    Thus my obligatory condemnation of White supremacy will now be in every post, lest I be accused of supporting it because I didn't mention it specifically every time I post.

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