Who cares what it costs to dispense a Medicaid prescription?
Lamphere-Thorpe, Joe A
Date of Pub
Johnston, William P; Kilpatrick, Kerry E; Norwood, G Joseph
Results of a 1992 Medicaid cost-of-dispensing study among North Carolina pharmacies are presented. The estimated statewide
weighted average cost incurred by pharmacies to dispense a prescription was $5.37 in 1991. The variation in dispensing costs
found among pharmacies of various sizes, organizational types, and locations is identified. Higher average dispensing costs
were reported for large chain pharmacies and those pharmacies in urban areas. Considering the potential for expanded prescription
drug benefits under a reformed health care system, the implications of the study's findings for pharmacy payment policy are
Data Collection : Health Care Costs/statistics & numerical data : Insurance, Pharmaceutical Services/economics/statistics
& numerical data : Medicaid/economics/statistics & numerical data : Models, Economic : North Carolina : Pharmacies/classification/economics
: Prescription Fees/statistics & numerical data : Prescriptions, Drug/economics : Regression Analysis : Support, Non-U.S.
Gov't : United States