Report to the President: Prescription Drug Coverage, Spending, Utilization, and Prices.. Consequences of Lack of Drug Coverage

04/01/2000

There are several ways to explore the burden that drug spending places on Medicare beneficiaries without coverage as compared to those who do have coverage: drug spending as a proportion of income, drug spending as a proportion of other spending, self-reported problems in affording drugs, and self-reported differences in the mix of drugs used. These measures show that beneficiaries without drug coverage are likely to have more trouble meeting their prescription drug costs, and are more likely to forgo filling a prescription as a result.

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