Healthy Debate discusses some experiments with doctors paying their patients to engage in healthier behaviors, and asks where the risks in such practices might lie.
“The most vociferous debate centres around paying people to take medication, especially drugs used to treat mental health disorders,” reports Healthy Debate. “Some worry patients will continue to take drugs, even if they find they have harmful side effects, because they are getting paid to do so. Joanna Pawelkiewicz, who advocates for safe and affordable housing for people with mental health needs, argues ‘it should be up to each person to decide what [interventions] work for them’ and that health advocates should work on removing the barriers to those identified interventions. ‘One of the most effective interventions for my own mental health has been exercise but what if I can’t afford a gym membership?’ she asks.”
Can financial incentives help patients be healthier? (Healthy Debate, March 12, 2015)