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November 19, 2003

Factors in Studying Patient-Physician Communication

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Stephen J. Lurie, MD, PhD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(19):2543-2544. doi:10.1001/jama.290.19.2543-a

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.