Who cares what it costs to dispense a Medicaid prescription?

J A Lamphere-Thorpe, W P Johnston, K E Kilpatrick, G J Norwood
Health Care Financing Review 1994, 15 (3): 9-24
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 discussed.

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