Maria Greenwald, MD: Physician Knowledge of Cost Burden

Well, I think that at clinical
conferences, such as the Clinical Congress of Rheumatology here, that we
should be discussing prices of the medicines that we prescribe. I find, in
general, physicians are ignorant—I certainly was for how much different
things cost. You can look up list prices in Medical Letter, which is a
well-established journal that lists prices of drugs, but if a physician
doesn’t involve themselves and look that up they won’t know. So, I find the doctors
are frequently ignorant of pricing and costs and the patients are, certainly,
ignorant of pricing and costs. I’d like to see the subject come up
routinely at different conferences of different medicine
specialties and I’d like to have the patients be more aware perhaps through a
public education program.

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