Roughly two out of three chronically ill patients who cut back on their medications because of the high cost didn't tell their doctors beforehand, and apparently their doctors didn't ask them if cost was a problem, according to research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released last week.
The study published in the Archives of Internal Medicine, surveyed 4,055 adults age 50 or older who were taking prescription drugs for depression, diabetes, heart problems or high cholesterol. John Piette and other researchers from the Center for Practice Management and Outcomes Research at the VA Ann Arbor (Mich.) Health System conducted the research.
Of those surveyed, 660 said they had delayed or stopped taking some medication in the previous year because of the cost. Of this subgroup, two-thirds said they didn't tell their doctor in advance and 35% said they had not discussed drug costs with their doctor in the preceding year.