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Pharmaceutical policies: effects of cap and co-payment on rational drug use

Overview of attention for article published in this source, January 2008
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Pharmaceutical policies: effects of cap and co-payment on rational drug use
Published by
John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, January 2008
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd007017
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Austvoll-Dahlgren, Astrid, Aaserud, Morten, Vist, Gunn Elisabeth, Ramsay, Craig, Oxman, Andrew D, Sturm, Heidrun, Kösters, Jan Peter, Vernby, Åsa


Growing expenditures on prescription drugs represent a major challenge to many health systems. Cap and co-payment (direct cost-share) policies are intended as an incentive to deter unnecessary or marginal utilisation, and to reduce third-party payer expenditures by shifting parts of the financial burden from the insurer to patients, thus increasing their financial responsibility for prescription drugs. Direct patient drug payment policies include caps (maximum number of prescriptions or drugs that are reimbursed), fixed co-payments (patients pay a fixed amount per prescription or drug), coinsurance (patients pay a percent of the price), ceilings (patients pay the full price or part of the cost up to a ceiling, after which drugs are free or available at reduced cost), and tier co-payments (differential co-payments usually assigned to generic and brand drugs).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United States 3 2%
Portugal 2 1%
Germany 2 1%
Brazil 2 1%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Ghana 1 <1%
Unknown 142 93%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 35 23%
Student > Master 33 22%
Student > Ph. D. Student 25 16%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 6%
Student > Bachelor 7 5%
Other 28 18%
Unknown 16 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 58 38%
Social Sciences 23 15%
Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science 12 8%
Economics, Econometrics and Finance 11 7%
Business, Management and Accounting 5 3%
Other 22 14%
Unknown 22 14%