A study has found that patients showed better health outcomes when given economic incentives to take part in health screenings and to take their medications as prescribed. These results included improved medication compliance and a decrease in hospitalizations.
This study involved 64,000 Connecticut employees who were enrolled in the state’s health insurance plan. About 98% took part in the government’s Health Enhancement Program. With this program, co-pays were eliminated for office visits that dealt with chronic conditions, and co-pays for medications associated with diabetes and other chronic diseases were either eliminated or reduced. Long-term medical costs fell with these initiatives.
These findings were published in Health Affairs on April 4, 2016.