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The cost-effectiveness of managed care regarding chronic medicine prescriptions in a selected medical scheme

K. Day, S. Booyens
Curationis | Vol 21, No 4 | a684 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/curationis.v21i4.684 | © 1998 K. Day, S. Booyens | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 27 September 1998 | Published: 27 September 1998

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K. Day, UNISA, South Africa
S. Booyens, UNISA, South Africa

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The purpose of the study was to examine the cost-effectiveness of managed care interventions with respect to prescriptions for chronic illness sufferers enrolled with a specific medical scheme. The illnesses included, were epilepsy, hypertension, diabetes and asthma. The managed care interventions applied were a primary discount; the use of preferred provider pharmacies, and drug utilization review. It was concluded that the managed care interventions resulted in some real cost savings.


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