ANCHOR LEAD: INCREASING COPAYS FOR OLDER FOLKS RESULTS IN MORE HOSPITALIZATIONS, ELIZABETH TRACEY REPORTS
In the midst of national healthcare reform, one strategy to contain costs is to make consumers of healthcare more aware of its true cost by increasing copays. Now a recent study showed that such a strategy backfired because many people simply didn’t see their primary care provider and ended up with expensive hospitalization. Michelle Bellantoni, a geriatrics expert at Johns Hopkins, comments.
BELLANTONI: These same adults had copays when they went into the hospital. But it’s that short term attempt to save and long term increased costs. :09
Bellantoni says the take home message is clear.
BELLANTONI: Value primary care. Every adult should say this is my medical provider, a person I know understands my active medical conditions, will put into perspective any new symptoms I have and help guide me in the vast array of possible tests and possible treatments. :18
At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.