Elisabeth Rosenthal

A photo shows pills arranged in the shape of a dollar sign on a bright yellow surface.

Is My Drug Copay Coupon a Form of Charity — Or a Bribe?

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Drug copayment assistance is a form of profitable charity — and, yes, that’s an oxymoron. Amid skyrocketing drug prices, it’s understandable that patients desperately need help affording medicine, especially when their health is on the line. But these programs create a mirage that perpetuates our health care system’s reckless spending.