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Providing patients with free medications can save millions

Case Management Insider, May 26, 2015

Hospitals that pay for patients’ post-heart attack meds could not only save lives, but money, according to a new analysis published in Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, and reported by HealthLeaders Media.

The study, by researcher Niteesh K. Choudhry, MD, of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, found that when patients received their medications, such as beta-blockers, angiotensin-converting inhibitors and other medications at no charge, they not only had better survival rates, but their care cost approximately $4,011 less. Paying for these medications on a wide-scale basis could save billions in medical costs each year.
 
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