Patients with chronic illness are likely to skip or discontinue their medications in response to copayment
increases (Piette, Heisler, and Wagner 2004a; Soumerai et al.
is aimed at discouraging abuse and overuse of the system.
For a total of 2,830 employees, copayments
for statins were eliminated and the copayment
from $50 to $30, for example, would not make much difference because most patients can no more afford the $30 copayment
than the $50 one.
A 2006 survey found that the most common copayment
for a medical office visit doubled since 2001.
In 2006, Senators Gordon Smith, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Nelson introduced the Home and Community Services Copayment
Equity Act of 2006, but unfortunately it was not passed.
Designed for patients on nonformulary medications, the program waives the copayment
if the member moves to a generic alternative.
The National Coalition for Assisted Living (NCAL) asked Congress in late January to waive the Medicare Part D copayment
for dually eligible seniors, in a statement submitted during a Senate Special Aging Committee hearing.
One study showed that an increased copayment
was related to less use of eight classes of prescription medications, little impact on the use of medications for chronic conditions, and an increase in emergency room visits (Goldman et al.
The authors study the effect of changing consumers' copayments
for prescription drugs on the quantity demanded and expenditure on prescription drugs, and on inpatient and outpatient care, allowing for effects in the year of the copayment
change and the following year.
Under the proposed contract, SBC employees would see their copayment
for health care rise on average by $420 a year.
Any amount remaining unpaid, such as a deductible, coinsurance, copayment
, or uncovered amount, would be paid by the camp's Blanket Excess Accident and Sickness Medical policy up to the limit of the policy.