In a recent report, CoverMyMeds discusses how SDOH (social determinants of health) are associated with many patients being forced to make difficult choices when it comes to their health. The COVID-19 pandemic has made these choices even more challenging as more Americans become uninsured or under-insured. The widespread use of telehealth during the pandemic is also associated with obstacles for patients.
“One in three patients went without treatment or medications to pay for bills and basic needs, the research found. Those patients trying to stay medication-adherent tried various strategies such as stretching out their prescriptions, skipping doses, or reducing those doses — not sticking to the prescribed regimen, which can result in an adverse event or compromise the intended health outcome.” Read more here.
(Source: Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, HealthPopuli, 2/17/21)