Racial Disparities in Outcomes after Heart Attack Were Eliminated by Free Prescriptions

High costs make it hard for many patients to afford their medications. That’s why some medical experts believe we should give important medications to patients for free, to see if that improves their health outcomes. One famous example of this approach is the MI FREEE Trial, which offered free cardiovascular medication to patients who would experience heart attacks. The trial increased the percent of patients taking their heart medicines, medicines known to reduce the likelihood of subsequent heart attacks. In the case of minority patients, these free medicines significantly improved their long term health. (Visit Forbes to read more and view comments.)

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