Pharmacy Costs in the Military Health System

Objective: The purpose of this study is to examine how the four main sources of supply for pharmacy dispensing costs compare in terms of costs to the government, and to the patient, for filling similar prescriptions.

Results: The results of this analysis indicated that shifting MTF refills to mail may decrease or increase DoD pharmacy costs relative to status quo: Free refills at mail may be lower cost to DoD than charging copays for mail and Even a small increase in retail fills is enough to raise costs. Permitting MTF refills but charging copays may be better than requiring mail refills with copays: Requiring mail without copays may be better or worse than permitting MTF refills with copays (Just a “piece of the puzzle,” given proposed set of changes to retail and mail copays).

Status: Complete

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