Diabetic patients with high deductibles may discontinue medication, study finds
from Becker's Hospital Review
Diabetic patients who switch to a high-deductible health plan may be more likely to leave name-brand medication unfilled, according to a study funded by Merck and published by
JAMA Network Open
. For the study, researchers affiliated with the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, IBM Watson Health, Merck and Harvard Medical School in Boston evaluated the association between switching from a health plan without a high deductible to one with a high deductible and whether patients discontinued their antihyperglycemic medication. Antihyperglycemic medication is used to lower glucose levels in the blood. The researchers also assessed whether the association changed when patients used generic versus branded medication.
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