When a physician treats a patient, they have a lot of information available at the point-of-care. Medical history, notes from past visits, current prescriptions and more are easily accessible using an electronic health record (EHR). But, one very critical piece of information is often missing or hidden: Costs of prescription drugs based on the patient’s health insurance plan. Only 11 percent of physicians find it is easy to access this data electronically.
This missing information at the point-of-care can make prescribing feel like a frustrating guessing game. Physicians frequently have little or no idea what a patient ends up paying for a particular drug until the prescription is processed by the insurance company. Even when a physician has information on how much a drug costs for one patient, the next patient who needs the same drug may pay a completely different price. Physicians need to have prescription drug cost information at the point-of-care so patients can afford and access the treatments they need. Importantly, this information needs to be available for every patient the physician sees—not just those covered by certain health plans.