Increasing co-pay for meds will hurt adherence: study

An increase in the taxpayer contribution to PBS-listed medicines could lead to lower medication adherence, health economists say.

In a study, Australian researchers found that patients without a concession card were 63% more likely to discontinue and 60% more likely to fail to adhere to statin therapy, compared to concessional patients.

Research also showed that PBS concession card users had a “significantly higher degree of