12 Jul Opinion: Drug Savings Help Needy Patients
“Lifespan’s hospitals, like many hospitals around the nation, serve a critical role as a health-care safety net, providing high-quality care to all patients, regardless of their ability to pay. We provide vital, one-of-a-kind services for our community, including a trauma center, a burn unit, cancer programs and children’s programs.
For 25 years, a highly effective program created by Congress, the 340B Drug Pricing Program, has allowed safety-net hospitals like ours to help provide care to the most financially disadvantaged residents of our state at no cost to taxpayers. How? In the 340B program, qualifying safety-net hospitals like ours are allowed to purchase many drugs at a discount from drug manufacturers. In turn, we are required to use these savings to provide and expand programs that benefit all our patients, particularly the most needy and vulnerable.”
Read more: http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/20180711/my-turn-tim-babineau-drug-savings-help-needy-patients