A raw deal? Impact on the health of consumers relative to the cost of pharmacotherapy

Rowe, J, RMIT University. Centre for Applied Social Research and Salvation Army. Research and Advocacy Unit 2007, A raw deal? Impact on the health of consumers relative to the cost of pharmacotherapy, RMIT University, Centre for Applied Social Research, Melbourne, Australia


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Title of report A raw deal? Impact on the health of consumers relative to the cost of pharmacotherapy
Author(s) Rowe, J
RMIT University. Centre for Applied Social Research
Salvation Army. Research and Advocacy Unit
Year of publication 2007
Publisher RMIT University, Centre for Applied Social Research
Place of publication Melbourne, Australia
Subjects Policy and Administration not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary This sociological study is the first comprehensive qualitative report on retention rates of the Victorian opioid maintenance treatment (OMT) program. The research was based on surveys and face-to-face interviews with 60 clients currently receiving OMT, of which the majority derived their income from government support and were already considered to be financially vulnerable. This research demonstrated the negative impact of dispensing fees on retention rates, with clients experiencing financial stress as a result of having to pay the dispensing fees. The research analysed the notion of cost from several perspectives, including individuals' social functioning, their health and their ability to remain in treatment. These research findings informed recommendations regarding policy and practice change that would increase the retention rates of income-poor program recipients. In particular, the recommendation for dispensing fees to be subsidised in full and therefore respond to people in the OMT program as any other recipients of prescribed medication. This study was undertaken for the Salvation Army, Research and Advocacy Unit in response to their concerns about the cost of OMT serving as a disincentive to begin treatment and as a cause of involuntary discontinuance of treatment.
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Keyword(s) Pharmacotherapy
Injecting drug use
Heroin
Methadone
Poverty
Commissioning body Salvation Army, Research and Advocacy Unit
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