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As the nation seeks alternatives to soaring drug prices, from prescribing generics to Congressional investigations into price-gouging, a new study reveals the existence of a very cheap medical innovation: Email.

A study of 1,041 chronically ill patients in northern California by Kaiser Permenante finds that a third who exchanged emails with their doctors feel that the communication improved their health outcomes. The sizeable minority reporting improved results suggests that a widespread adoption of doctor-patient emails could have a big impact on public health.

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