NCPA - National Center for Policy Analysis

Back Door Way to Gouging Health Care Consumers

November 13, 2015

Increasingly, drug makers are asking doctors to bypass local drug stores and submit prescriptions directly to mail-order specialty pharmacies, writes NCPA Senior Fellow Devon Herrick. The drug maker then waives most patient cost-sharing, but collects exorbitant fees from insurers. This strategy lessens the chance customers will balk when their local drug store requires them to contribute exorbitant copays, but it costs them more in the long run.


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