In Massachusetts, lighter pharma gift ban may = higher costs for consumers #HCR #mapoli

  1. As the Globe story below notes, “A longstanding ban against the coupons in Massachusetts — the last state to prohibit them — was lifted as part of the state budget signed by Governor Deval Patrick on July 8.”This story is behind the pay wall, but here’s the nut: “But some consumer advocates and analysts say the coupons could drive up health care costs at the very time state lawmakers are striving to rein them in. They say discounts will encourage use of brand-name drugs instead of less expensive alternatives, with one estimate showing drug costs for employers, unions, and health plans in Massachusetts could rise by hundreds of millions of dollars over the next decade as a result.”

  2. The industry addressed the issue in general terms here:
  3. The restaurants are not alone in opposing the ban.
  4. More from the opposition

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