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It’s estimated that two-thirds of Americans do not take their prescription medications on-time or as directed, this non-compliance adds $300 billion to US healthcare costs. Technologies like pill bottle lids that alarm when it’s time to take medicine and automatic pill dispensers with smartphone reminders can help to ensure patient compliance. nnWould you support having programs like Medicare and Medicaid pay to provide these technologies to patients to increase medication compliance?

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Henri CT Sahut
Henri CT Sahut
1 year ago

There is technology out there today on your iPhone or applications to do this today. Plus the government can not do anything cost effectively.

Terri M.
Terri M.
1 year ago

I take 3 prescription drugs, all of them older, safer, cheap low side-effects drugs. I get offers from my PCP for more prescriptions that I refuse. I get pressure to do invasive fishing expedition tests that I refuse. (I am 71 – why do I need a mammogram?) I am afraid weaponizing prescription drug bottles will open up more medical tyranny as we are forced to take more toxic BS pills we can’t afford and don’t need, more invasive tests we might not want or need, more vax’s every time the CDC wishes and more governmental surveillance. This is a terrible idea.

What would HELP Medicare is to open up access to licensed Chinese Medicine Doctors and Acupuncturists, Natural Medicine chiropractic care and options for either gym memberships or home exercise equipment. Medicare helping us get or stay healthy makes more sense that Governmental control and surveillance of our medications. There is a reason so many pills are not taken. Side effects would be one reason. Affordability is another. A big multi-disk lower back surgery can cost $100K and there is no guarantee it will not make the person worse, which means even more money and misery. I could see a good chiropractor every week for the rest of my life, and it would not cast $100K. Medicare has become a huge giveaway to Big Pharma and Big Invasive Medicine providers.

bkk
bkk
1 year ago

It’s about elderly living on income that won’t support getting the meds in the first place and Medicare won’t cover everything… not smart technology.

Marsha
Marsha
1 year ago

If you are unsure if you are taking appropriate meds at the right time, then you need help such as a home health nurse who can teach and reinforce the important of missing does. Also family members should be incorporated to assist with med preparation, and support prompts to take meds, and perhaps monitor adverse outcomes and report appropriately. Governments is not the answer for everything. Family area of invested out of love and compassion and for those they assist and care for, and nothing can replace that kind of love and care. It’s called empowerment of that closest to the patient.

Susan Williams
Susan Williams
1 year ago

I said “No”, but my main reason is that I don’t want to the government “monitoring” my Rx and when I take them.

Linda
Linda
1 year ago

What would be more responsible would be to let people know the best times to take it in relation to other prescriptions.

E.J.
E.J.
1 year ago

Many, (such as my Uncle Donny) have just enough brain fog to forget hmedicine to take when. Yet he can perform household jobs, lputting in a timer operated watering system into the lawn. So yes, these reminder system (which don’t work with the weekly/daily little pill box) would be good for many people.

Leo Mattern
Leo Mattern
1 year ago

I wonder what AARP’s result would be of the same survey.

Keith Berry
Keith Berry
1 year ago

Do not send the government to save me, they have a bad habit of shooting the wounded!

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

This nation needs Tort Reform to limit lawsuits & not more loopholes for lawyers. Class action suits make lawyers rich & do not really help the person that died after smoking for 60-years.

johnh
johnh
1 year ago

Leave it up to patients & doctors to decide what is best & leave govt. out of this

BobA
BobA
1 year ago

Another step in taking over our healthcare. NO!!!

Sue
Sue
1 year ago

Our government has never and will never solve anything.

JanB
JanB
1 year ago

I take 13 different prescriptions every day to control and relieve symptoms of an incurable disease. Some are once a day, others twice, some 3 times, etc. But through the use of pill packs that cost $2 each, I manage to take them correctly. I would support paying for these technologies for patients who have a formal diagnosis of dementia, but for the rest of us, we can do it on our own if we make it a priority.

Christopher H Foster
Christopher H Foster
1 year ago

AND Can’t you hear the legal suits?.?
Harry’s bottle cap didn’t go off ( or the message wasn’t loud enough or his phone was too far away or he thought the cap was wrong because he had “just” taken the pill [late ! ] he couldn’t hear the cap or phone because his hearing aid batteries were dead or the pharmacist set the cap alarm wrong or he couldn’t identify which cap went on the correct bottle. )
And in the end, the consumers would end up paying for the millions in judgments and legal fees!
One can point their finger anywhere they wish but that will never absolve them of their personal responsibility.

C
C
1 year ago

That is like a four lane super highway to a town of 112

Mike
Mike
1 year ago

Just another example of a lack of personal responsibility which continues to weaken America.

Rush Glick
Rush Glick
1 year ago

If someone is foolish enough not to take their prescribed medications, it’s on them, and they will bear the consequences. I find it difficult to believe that the 2/3 of Americans fail to take their prescribed medications, but if true, that speaks volumes, including the probability that certain meds are probably overprescribed!

Regina Benson
Regina Benson
1 year ago

Patients already have something to remind them if they set an alarm on their phones.
What good will an alarm on a bottle do if, like many people, they put their medications into a daily pill container and put the bottle away in another place?
I don’t think it will work….then, who says they will take it anyway when the alarm goes off?
The suggestion by Germaine Hovey about MedMinder is a MUCH better solution. If the gov’t gets involved you can guarantee it won’t be something that is “low-cost”.

Germaine Hovey
Germaine Hovey
1 year ago

My mom used a company called MedMinder that was awesome. It was a pill container I could load for her for the entire week and time to take it. It would pop the container up with a red light to remind her to take it. If she didn’t take within a time period they would text her to take it. Then they would call her and lastly they would reach out to me to remind her. The price was established by how much of the service we wanted to use. It was all set up over the internet and I could control it from anywhere I could get on the internet. The initial fee was about $70 for the pill box and the monthly cost was about $10. So not a bad deal to keep my mom from overdosing on her meds by taking them wrong.

Ted
Ted
1 year ago

Patient Portals steal private data in contravention to HIPPA laws. Sad.

Ted
Ted
1 year ago

Patient Portals steal data in contravention to HIPPA laws. Lawsuit waiting to happen.

ezed2109
ezed2109
1 year ago

Weekly Large Pill Organizers are available; 1 compartment for each day that hold multiple pills. I got 2 for under $10… 1 for the morning and second for evening. This is inexpensive solution that anybody should be able to do.

Kathy
Kathy
1 year ago

Maybe if there can be other alternatives to taking prescriptions —like healthier lifestyles if possible?

Gary Myers
Gary Myers
1 year ago

Responsibility, get with the program morons.

RM2 FOSTER
RM2 FOSTER
1 year ago

Reminders can be set with alarm clocks with no extra charges

Jerry Nance
Jerry Nance
1 year ago

I think some people get busy and forget to take their meds, reminders and even dispensers are a good thing.

Harry
Harry
1 year ago

About time people are made to responsible. Wake the hell up. This means all Democrat children always whining and protesting. This country is tired of carrying you.

Mrs Vic
Mrs Vic
1 year ago

Let people take care of themselves. Quit protecting us from ourselves. If there is a medical issue, there are plenty of other options. Survival of the fittest. Let the process work itself out! Govt. STEP ASIDE!

Frances Edwards
Frances Edwards
1 year ago

The government does not care for the people at all!!! They spend our money on coverage of Jan 6 to punish Trump supporters but now one is punishing the rioters that destroyed property and toppled our statues.

Rebecca
Rebecca
1 year ago

While I am not against helping people, this is just another way for the government to increase costs. You all understand how the government works: if providing a hammer costs 25.00, they will charge 75.00 for it! Medicare/medicaid costs enough as it is, and the coverage is awful at best.

B. Grim
B. Grim
1 year ago

If folks can’t remember to take their meds then their family should help care for them.

bryan
bryan
1 year ago

Hell NO!

Reba
Reba
1 year ago

If they can use a cell phone to get a reminder from the meds, they can set up alarms to remind them to take them.
There is a very small population that would likely benefit..not all of us.

Arlyss Il
Arlyss Il
1 year ago

People who are suffering from some form of memory loss or dementia might be helped with this. Most people wouldn’t use it anyway.

wade c mackey
wade c mackey
1 year ago

Hmmmmm….Medicare and Medicaid via TAXPAYER. There are some clever lobbyists out there. Why would anyone think that the REMINDERS would be effective? What would be the cost per item?
Bad idea all around.

Phil Brandis
Phil Brandis
1 year ago

There are plenty of ways available at little to no extra cost. I use a weekly pill tray to remind me to take essential daily medications. Also, I have two lists taped inside our medicine cabinet (one for me & one for my wife) which meds to take in the morning and which meds in the evening.
I do not trust any smart medical device paid for by the government. Who knows what data or information they could collect, just because they issued it or paid for it?

Rosemary Larsen
Rosemary Larsen
1 year ago

Personal responsibility seems to have gone by the wayside in all areas of our lives. While I believe it is the responsibility of the individual to monitor their own meds, I also realize that there are many who, with either mental or physical limitations, cannot self monitor. Add to that the rising cost of drugs and treatment, there are others, myself included sometimes, who simply opt out of some of the recommended drugs.

Jane CA
Jane CA
1 year ago

I don’t believe that ringing medication bottles or cell phone messages will make much difference in insuring medication compliance for any patient Non compliance is not totally the fault of the elderly! Many people do not take their medications due to the artificially inflated high cost of drugs in USA. Some ration their meds to make them last longer each month, and other share their meds with family. There are many cases of adults tradeing their meds for food. Patient education and availability of meds at lower costs will go far to solving this problem, Also involving family and friends who want to assist (taught by home health nurses). This is America at it’s best. One neighbor helping another. not buying cell phones and other stupid gadgets that sit in a closet somewhere. In my youth i filled many pill boxes, checked blood pressures and gave b-12 shots, because it was the right thing to do !

Richard Minetti
Richard Minetti
1 year ago

I can’t wait until the time when these 10,741 people that said “No, prescriptions come with personal responsibility to take them on time and at the right dosage” in the above poll, become elderly or handicapped and begin to miss their prescription doses altogether! Hopefully they miss their blood pressure medications!

RonH
RonH
1 year ago

Some people aren’t old enough yet to know or see that they themselves will forget to take their medication, forget if they did take it already, forget to even look at their cell phone or forget they tke medication at all. I myself am not senile, not that old, and definitely forget to take medication on time or forget if I already had taken it earlier.

PJ
PJ
1 year ago

Enough already! Everyone has a cellphone and you can setup ALARMS on your own. No need to waste more money!

Anita McAllister
Anita McAllister
1 year ago

My business is working with people who are on Medicare (and some are on Medicaid, also). I think this would be a waste of federal tax dollars. Most of the people who are on these plans who take a number of medications either have case workers to help them, or are able to use the existing technology they have. Most people enroll in Advantage Plans, which include help monitoring prescriptions.

Kim
Kim
1 year ago

This is crazy. Would someone who forgets to take his medication be more likely to access his smartphone to look for a reminder to take his medication?!!

Patricia A Vance
Patricia A Vance
1 year ago

I do agree with Jim. Our 50 year old son & his 10 year old are on Medicaid. Scott had a construction injury several years ago & a heart attack in Feb. He is unable to work. They live with us. We are in our mid-70’s. Most people on Medicare or Medicaid have cell phones with alarm capability. That is what we use to remind us to take our meds. This works well with us because my husband is a heart patient & diabetic. He’s on a lot of meds. I also agree with Jim about care givers of a sort to make sure the individual, especially an elderly person, is taking the medications properly. Younger people on Medicaid or Medicare, depending on the medical situation, should be responsible for taking their meds on time. We have enough technology today to already take care of this issue.

Jim
Jim
1 year ago

There should not be ANY electronic connection outside the home for any reminder device. That said, for a group that purports to support older Americans, it sure seems to sound like a bunch of young snowflakes crying about “irresponsible Boomers” going on here. The reality is many people with chronic illnesses NEED to take meds but get confused or forgetful and either don’t take them or worse, take too much. If you want these people to HAVE to have someone come in to remind them it will cost a HECK of a lot more than an electronic reminder. If you can’t take your meds because of fading memory, you WON’T be independent later in life.

david
david
1 year ago

Absolutely not! After the Covid, Pharma CDC FDA debacles…i don’t trust the medical system as far as i can throw it. Now they want to give us “tracking “ drugs? No thank you!

Jim M
Jim M
1 year ago

We ought to be focusing on disease prevention instead of pushing more pharma. We are approximately 4% of the world population and consume about 80 % of the pharmaceuticals. Unfortunately, we don’t rank very high in health. Our taxpayer’s money pays pharma a huge chunk of money.

Teeva
Teeva
1 year ago

I know many seniors living alone with mild confusion whose medication schedule is very complicated. Even if their meds are sorted for an, noon, evening, they may miss them. I’ve set up phone alarms, but many don’t have help to do this. Costs are high! This is great idea.

Rob J
Rob J
1 year ago

If I wanted to live in Russia, I’d move there …. If I wanted to live in China, I’d move there …. If I wanted to live in Cuba, I’d move there

Stop trying to turn our Country into a Sh*thole, I’m tired of it ! ! !

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