Promise and Perils for Patients and Physicians

Kravitz, Richard L.; Chang, Sophia
December 2005
New England Journal of Medicine;12/29/2005, Vol. 353 Issue 26, p2735
Academic Journal
The article discusses the Medicare prescription drug benefit program in the United States. A public opinion poll of older people revealed that most did not understand the Medicare Prescription Drug Improvement and Modernization Act. Since patients are responsible for sorting through the alternatives, physicians will need to help patients decide which drug plan best suits their needs. Drug plan beneficiaries who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid and who do not choose a plan will be automatically assigned to one. There are penalties for late enrollment, and patients may accidentally choose a plan tat does not permit them to use their local pharmacy.


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