One quarter of elderly folks receive prescriptions from more than five doctors, and misinform each doctor of drugs the others have prescribed. An equal percentage (25%) of seniors fill their prescriptions at more than three pharmacies (the cost of “buying Canadian”, perhaps?), thereby preventing effective cross-checking of prescriptions that may be incompatible with each other.
Who’s to blame here, the health care provider (as the headline might suggest) or the patient? Or maybe the privacy laws that prevent providers and pharmacies from accessing personal information?
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