Prescription drug costs as a reason for changing physicians

Frank A Lederle, Connie P Sias

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The authors conducted a telephone survey of 200 patients who had recently transferred their health care to a Veterans Affairs (VA) medical center. Of the study patients, 56% considered prescription drug costs to be the main reason or a major contributing reason for transfer (95% confidence interval 49% to 63%). The mean out-of-pocket prescription drug cost for these patients was $139 per month, compared with $47 per month for patients for whom drug costs were a minor reason or not a reason at all (p<0.001). Drug costs are a principal reason for patients to transfer their health care to the VA.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)162-163
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of general internal medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 1994


  • Veterans Affairs
  • costs
  • physician transfers
  • prescription drugs


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