Doctors Urged to Talk About Costs of Treatment

medpagePhysicians need to broach discussions about out-of-pocket costs with patients the same way they discuss a treatment’s side effects, public policy professors wrote.

“Admittedly, out-of-pocket costs are difficult to predict, but so are many medical outcomes that are nevertheless included in clinical discussions,”¬†Peter Ubel, MD, of Duke University’s School of Public Policy, and colleagues wrote.

They noted in a¬†New England Journal of Medicine¬†perspective published Wednesday that patients can experience considerable financial strain from out-of-pocket costs, with little or no discussion beforehand about potentially avoidable health-related bills… (Read more here)

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