Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie,
MD, PhD, Senior Editor.
To the Editor: Dr Alexander and colleagues1 found that 63% of patients reported a desire to
talk about out-of-pocket expenses with their physicians and that 79% of physicians
believed that patients wanted to discuss these costs. Only 35% of physicians
and 15% of patients, however, recalled ever having discussed out-of-pocket
expenses during a consultation.
Bridges JFP. Factors in Studying Patient-Physician Communication. JAMA. 2003;290(19):2543-2544. doi:10.1001/jama.290.19.2543-a