Report – Declining Medicine Use and Costs: For Better or Worse?

by Sabrina I. Pacifici on May 12, 2013

Declining Medicine Use and Costs: For Better or Worse? A Review of the Use of Medicines in the United States in 2012. IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics, May 2013.

  • “In 2012, both the per capita use and cost of medicines declined. The “cost curve” for medicines – if not for other elements of the U.S. healthcare system – was bent. For some, this will be good news and a harbinger of more efficient use of our healthcare resources. For others, this decline may indicate under treatment and imbalance between prevention and care. Whichever the perspective, this year’s review of the utilization and cost of medicines – and their role in the overall healthcare system – brings forward important issues, especially as we sit on the eve of arguably the most transformative period in healthcare.”
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