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Deloitte Comparative Effectiveness Study Evaluates Potential Savings Opportunities for U.S. Health Care System
Date:5/19/2009

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  • Thirty-five percent of those who report not filling a prescription did so because of cost concerns.
  • Three in 10 say they switched medications in the last 12 months; 38 percent of these switched to save money.
  • Eight in 10 say they would consider switching from a physician- recommended medication if a pharmacist indicated that a cheaper alternative was available.
  • Six in 10 prefer generic drugs over branded drugs to save money, unless they believe a specific brand is more effective.
  • Familiarity with "biologics" (defined as a class of drugs that uses human cells to create the drug instead of chemicals) is low -- 12 percent say they understand the term.
  • Seven in 10 estimate that a genetic test to help identify a chronic problem would cost $100 or less; estimates of costs for genetic tests ranged from less than $100 to $5,000.
  • One in six say they would choose an experimental drug for a serious but not life-threatening problem, even if it hasn't been widely tested.
  • One in five consumers prefer alternatives to traditional medicine, including homeopathic, chiropractic and naturopathic approaches and therapies.
  • Sixty-eight percent are interested in home/remote monitoring devices that enable self-monitoring of their condition and electronic reporting of results to their physician; seniors (78 percent) and consumers with a chronic condition (75 percent) express highest interest.

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    Report: Comparative Effectiveness (www.deloitte.com/us/comparativeeffectivenessreport)

    Report: 2009 Survey for Health Care Consumers (www.deloitte.com/us/2009cons
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