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Pharmaceutical costs have been rising dramatically since 1995, growing 16.6% in 1998 alone. This rate of increase is more than four times that of all health care spending. Employers, managed care organizations and consumers are looking anew for ways to stem these rising costs, without denying patients effective care. Therefore, this Issue Brief is especially timely because it investigates how patient copayments and financial incentives for physicians affect drug spending in managed care.
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Date Posted: 09 December 2016