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High antiretroviral therapy adherence associated with lower health care costs
Date:1/6/2010

care costs were assessed with advanced health econometrics models.

"The cost savings are largely related to less hospital use. The threat is that budgets for hospitals are often divorced from budgets for outpatient AIDS treatment. In fragmented health systems it is difficult for the outpatient administrator to rationalize investments that lower the costs for hospitals. A broader view is necessary to improve patient care and save money," said David Bishai, MD, PhD, co-author of the study and associate professor in the Bloomberg School's Department of Population, Family and Reproductive Health.

"Effective, practical intervention strategies to promote, as well as to proactively monitor antiretroviral therapy adherence, are badly needed as they may save direct health care costs by decreasing patient's morbidity and mortality and are likely to be cost-effective in the long-term," added Nachega.


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Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
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