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

04/01/2000

Table C-1 shows variation in coverage levels by region using MEPS data on drug coverage for the civilian, noninstitutionalized population. The highest coverage rates are in the Midwest and Northeast with the lowest coverage rate in the South. The pattern observed is similar to analyses of general health insurance coverage elsewhere.

Region Percent with drug coverage
Table C-1: Percent of Total Population with Drug Coverage, by Region, 1996
National 77.0%
Northeast 78.6%
Midwest 80.6%
South 73.7%
West 76.9%
Source: Center for Cost and Financing Studies, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality: Medical Expenditure Panel Survey Household Component, 1996

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