The costs of keeping people healthy, or at least alive and out of the hospital, continue to grow. Whether it's another percentage point of GDP, another out-of-pocket catastrophe for a patient, or simply a rise in monthly health insurance premiums, everyone gets stuck with the bill.
In a separate report published last month, ProPublica authors Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber wondered why US Medicare is "wasting hundreds of millions of dollars a year by failing to look into doctors who disproportionately prescribe brand-name drugs." To find out why generics sometimes aren't being prescribed when they're available, Ornstein and Weber asked the prescribers themselves. Below is a selection of those responses, published by the authors' permission.
Ben Comer is Pharmaceutical Executive's senior editor. He can be reached at [email protected]