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Editor's Correspondence
May 28, 2001

Physicians' Attitudes About Prescribing and Knowledge of the Costs of Common Medications—Reply

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Intern Med. 2001;161(10):1352-1353. doi:

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We thank Drs Mishra and Satpathy for their comments. Studies of different health systems on several continents now show that physicians' knowledge of medication costs is often inadequate. Unfortunately, very little, if any, time in medical school or residency programs in the United States is spent educating physicians-in-training about the basic anatomy and physiology of our health care system. Even less time in the curriculum is allocated to the most practical, consumer-level information about government and private health plans, benefits policies, and costs of drugs and other common expenditures.

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