Doctors Slow to Adopt Tech Tools that Might Save Patients Money on Drugs



Physicians complain that there's not yet a standard drug-pricing tool available to them that includes the range of medicine prices each of their patients might face — one that takes into account their particular pharmacy choice and health insurance plan.

Via MPR News, Phil Galewitz

“When Mary Kay Gilbert saw her doctor in May for a skin infection on her leg, she wasn’t surprised to receive a prescription for an antibiotic cream. But Gilbert, 54, a nurse and health consultant, was shocked when her physician clicked on the desktop computer and told Gilbert the medicine would cost $30 on her Blue Cross and Blue Shield plan. ‘I was like, “Wow — that’s pretty cool that you know that information,” ‘ she recalled telling the doctor in Edina, Minn.”

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