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MS Patients Suffer As A Result Of Insurance Pricing Scheme

Posted Nov 17 2009 10:20pm
Medical News Today

Patients Suffer As A Result Of Insurance Pricing Scheme
21 Mar 2009

Millions of patients suffering from diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, hemophilia, hepatitis C and certain types of cancer are at risk of incurring thousands of dollars in medical expenses due to a new pricing system being implemented by many insurance companies across the United States.

Health insurance companies are rapidly adopting this new system, commonly called Tier IV, for many of the expensive drugs used in the treatment of several diseases asking patients to pay hundreds and even thousands of dollars a month for needed prescriptions. Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi was one of many insurance companies to adopt this system, forcing its policyholders to shoulder 20 to 40 percent of the costs of their medication.

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