A community hospital survey sponsored by the American Hospital Assn. and the Federation of American Hospitals shows that inpatient drug prices rose 40% between 2013 and 2015. Almost all of the surveyed hospitals reported that the increases had a moderate to severe effect on their ability to manage costs.
“These price increases are extremely troublesome throughout the healthcare system,” according to the report. “They not only threaten patient access to drug therapies, but also challenge providers’ abilities to provide the highest quality of care. Drug costs also are a major factor in the rising cost of healthcare coverage.”