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Full prescription coverage for heart drugs could reduce heart attacks and help reduce health care costs. You know, covering the full cost of heart disease prevention medication, such as the statin cholesterol-lowering drugs and drugs to reduce high blood pressure, could save individuals $2,500 and a billion dollars in medical costs. Researchers used a math model to estimate this savings. Around 10% of patients don’t take all their drugs, 50% regularly don’t, and that can be a big issue. Now, cost is a number one reason, so doctors estimate, it makes sense, that giving patients drugs free-of-charge could increase the number of people who take them. This, in turn, could lower the rate of heart attacks, lower the rate of strokes, even death, among Medicare beneficiaries. It’s a very interesting concept.

By: Brian McDonough, M.D., FAAFP