“Bagging” oncology treatments saves money for payers but increases cost for patients – Healthcare Economist

That is the discovery of a Shih et al. (2023).

Their first finding is that white bags and brown bags are not yet that common, with the exception of supportive care.

However, using “bagging” saves money…at least for payers.

PPPM Adjusted Mean Insurance Payments [per patient per month] were statistically significantly lower for medications distributed in bags versus purchasing and billing ($7,405 [95% CI, $7111-$7700] vs $9547 [95% CI, $9471-$9622]; P< .001); …The adjusted mean and median PPPM of out-of-pocket payment was higher for bagging than for purchasing and billing (mean: $315 [95% CI, $278-$351] vs. $145 [95% CI, $141-$148];

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