Kaiser Study Finds Access to Mail-Order Pharmacies, Low Out-of-Pocket Costs Increase Medication Adherence
A study by Kaiser Permanente researchers found that access to mail-order prescription drugs and low out-of-pocket expenses increased medication adherence among older patients with chronic illnesses. The study was based on data for 130,000 Kaiser members in Northern California and other areas. For example, patients with diabetes and heart problems adhered to medication regimens 90% of the time when they were given a 90-day supply of drugs through a mail-order pharmacy, paid $10 or less in copayments and had out-of-pocket costs of less than $2,000.
- "Kaiser Enhances Medication Adherence" (Payers & Providers, 3/25).