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

04/01/2000

Gathering information through household surveys about prescription drug use and spending is much more difficult than for some other kinds of medical services. While most people can readily recall, for example, whether they were hospitalized in the last year and for what reason, filling a prescription is not so memorable an event. People who filled only one or two prescriptions may not remember them at all. Those who had many medications may not recall just how many they had or may not be able to name every drug they were taking. Even people who can accurately report what drugs they used may not be able to tell what those drugs cost. This is especially true when the drug cost is covered by an insurer or a public program; the respondent may know only the amount of his or her required copayment, not the total charge.

The MEPS and MCBS surveys use a variety of techniques to overcome these barriers to collection of complete and accurate information about prescription drugs. The following is a brief overview of how the two surveys go about answering two key questions:

  • How many prescriptions did participants fill during the period covered by the survey?
  • What was paid for those drugs, including both out-of-pocket payments by the respondents and payments by insurers or other third parties?

View full report

Preview
Download

"intro.pdf" (pdf, 23.11Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®

View full report

Preview
Download

"C1.pdf" (pdf, 75.87Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®

View full report

Preview
Download

"c2.pdf" (pdf, 169.02Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®

View full report

Preview
Download

"c3.pdf" (pdf, 92Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®

View full report

Preview
Download

"future.pdf" (pdf, 12.41Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®

View full report

Preview
Download

"appena.PDF" (pdf, 149.34Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®

View full report

Preview
Download

"appenb.pdf" (pdf, 27Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®

View full report

Preview
Download

"appenc.pdf" (pdf, 25.44Kb)

Note: Documents in PDF format require the Adobe Acrobat Reader®. If you experience problems with PDF documents, please download the latest version of the Reader®