When you’ve had a stroke or suffered a heart attack, there are few things you want more than a prescription.
And when you’re facing the prospect of paying higher prices for a drug that’s been proven to help, you might not be the only one who might be tempted to seek out a cheaper alternative.
A new report from the Cochrane Collaboration shows that even in the face of all the pressure from the pharmaceutical industry to cut prices, some of us are willing to go above and beyond to make sure we’re getting the most bang for our buck.
The report, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), found that when you consider all the costs associated with getting a prescription filled and the costs of dispensing it, the best bet for keeping your cost of care low is to get the prescription filled by a trusted, independent pharmacist.
The authors of the report argue that this is the best way to prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and deaths.
“We know that people are more likely to seek medical care when there are alternatives to hospitalization,” Dr. Christopher Hart, the lead author of the study, said in a statement.
“The evidence indicates that if patients know that a doctor is taking care of them, they are more willing to seek help.
If patients know the pharmacist can help, they’ll do more of it.”
According to the authors, the study shows that, when considering all the cost of medication and the risks associated with it, it’s no wonder that more than 70 percent of the population still does not get the medication they need.
And even in states where prescription rates are higher than the national average, such as California, the number of prescriptions that are filled has fallen.
As the number and cost of medications have risen in the United States, so too has the number that is written.
According to the report, more than 90 percent of people with chronic diseases have been prescribed one or more prescription medications in the past 12 months.
But as the number in need of treatment has grown, so have the costs.
The report also found that prescription rates were highest in the states that have higher rates of Medicaid beneficiaries.
That’s because Medicaid provides subsidies to low-income people who get their medication from Medicaid, and the more people receive in Medicaid, the more expensive it becomes for the pharmaceutical companies to provide the drugs.
That means, for instance, that for every dollar a Medicaid recipient gets in subsidy, the company makes about $0.80 on the drug.
When considering the cost per prescription, people with the most severe medical conditions pay more.
People with chronic conditions, such a cancer patient, or people with diabetes have higher prices.
People who are overweight or obese have higher costs.
People on Medicaid also have lower insurance coverage than people without insurance.
This means that people on Medicaid are also more likely than people who don’t get Medicaid to pay out of pocket for prescription medications.
“The fact that people pay more for medications that they need may be a reason for a lot of the price increases that we see,” Hart said.
“We know from studies that Medicaid coverage is associated with lower drug prices, and Medicaid is a huge factor in lowering the price of medications.”
One way to help keep the price for prescription drugs in check is to encourage more patients to get their prescriptions filled by trusted, local pharmacies.
That’s the case in the Northeast and in California, where the number per capita prescriptions has risen over the past few years.
That might not seem like much, but the number is more than five times higher in the South and in rural areas.
This is because, like many other states, Medicaid has increased access to medication and health care in those areas.
But the drug companies are not happy about that.
They want Medicaid patients to be more reliant on them, and so they are lobbying state governments to make it harder for people to get prescription medications through their local pharmacies, even when they’re eligible for Medicaid.
This is where it gets tricky for doctors, who often face a difficult decision about which drugs to prescribe.
If the doctor feels that a patient is eligible for a medication, she could prescribe that medication.
But if she’s concerned that a particular medication might be unsafe, the doctor could refuse to prescribe it.
That could be a huge problem for patients.
If doctors are reluctant to prescribe certain medications, they could potentially lose their jobs.
That, in turn, could make it more difficult for patients to find doctors willing to prescribe medications.
To address the problem, the report recommends that states work to expand access to the pharmacists who fill prescriptions, especially in the more rural areas, to help them do a better job of reaching those with higher costs who have more severe conditions.