The Impact of Cost Sharing on Appropriate Utilization and Health Status: A Review of the Literature on Seniors
The Impact of Cost-Sharing on Appropriate Utilization and Health Status: A Review of the Literature on Seniors
This article provides a review of research that has addressed the impact of patient cost-sharing on the use of health care services and subsequent health status for those ages 65 and older. Twenty-two studies are reviewed — 16 focusing on cost-sharing for prescription drugs and 6 on cost-sharing for medical services. The article concludes that most studies examined show increased cost-sharing reduces either or both the utilization and health status of seniors.
This research was funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation and is presented here courtesy of Medical Care and Research Review.