Containing costs by helping retirees follow doctor's orders

Shepherd, Leah Carlson
December 2006
Employee Benefit News;Dec2006, Vol. 20 Issue 15, p39
The article suggests that employers should help retirees to comply with the prescription orders of their physicians to prevent high medical benefits costs. Most employers have experienced prescription non-compliance problems with their retired employees which referred to the failure of retirees to take the right medications at the right time. This attitude of retirees might cause additional health and medical expenses for employers.


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