TITLE

Drug Coverage, Utilization, and Spending by Medicare Beneficiaries with Heart Disease

AUTHOR(S)
Sharma, Ravi; Hongji Liu, Ravi; Yinghua Wang, Ravi
PUB. DATE
March 2003
SOURCE
Health Care Financing Review;Spring2003, Vol. 24 Issue 3, p139
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
For Medicare beneficiaries who report having heart disease, drug coverage and type of supplemental health insurance affect the likelihood of usage and costs of heart medications, but not the extent of usage. Nearly one in five does not use heart medications and of the latter, one-third lack drug coverage. Some non-users without drug coverage go without prescribed heart medications because of limited financial access. Compared to non-users with coverage, they utilize medical provider services more, and if hospitalized, their inpatient costs are twice as high. Medicare may accrue cost savings by providing drug coverage to and monitoring these at-risk beneficiaries.
ACCESSION #
11203834

 

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