“Scoring” Savings From Obesity Drugs: CBO Points To Gap Between Categories In Rx Labels And Economic Impact
This article was originally published in RPM Report
Proposals to expand Medicare coverage to include obesity therapies are unlikely to be treated as cost-effective by the Congressional Budget Office without significant new research on the long term impact of relatively modest changes in BMI. Advocates for coverage may need to focus on other arguments instead.
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