Does it cost anything to participate in health research or clinical studies?

Most health research or clinical studies are funded by the government, pharmaceutical or device companies, or philanthropists, so there is no cost to participate. All research related visits, medications, and tests are often provided free of charge. In addition, there may be reimbursement for your travel, parking, and time. In some studies, researchers may be looking at how well the treatment compares to usual care or the care that is typically provided by your doctor. In these cases, researchers talk with you at your regular doctor office visits, and your standard office co-pay may apply. Researchers will inform you before you participate what payment you will receive and what costs, if any, there are for participating.