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.”