Medication costs, adherence, and health outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries.

TitleMedication costs, adherence, and health outcomes among Medicare beneficiaries.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMojtabai, R, Olfson, M
JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
Date Published2003 Jul-Aug
ISSN Number0278-2715
Call Numberpubs_2003_Mojtabai_HA.pdf
KeywordsAged, Aged, 80 and over, Chronic disease, Continuity of Patient Care, Family Characteristics, Female, Financing, Personal, Health Services Research, Humans, Income, Insurance, Pharmaceutical Services, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Medicare, Patient Compliance, Prevalence, Probability, Self Administration, Treatment Outcome, United States

In a two-year period more than two million elderly Medicare beneficiaries did not adhere to drug treatment regimens because of cost. This poor adherence tended to be more common among beneficiaries with no or partial medication coverage and was associated with poorer health and higher rates of hospitalization. The risk for cost-related poor adherence was especially pronounced among lower-income beneficiaries with high out-of-pocket drug spending. We argue that this pattern of cost-related poor medication adherence should inform the design of Medicare prescription drug benefit legislation.

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Alternate JournalHealth Aff (Millwood)
Citation Key6883
PubMed ID12889771
Grant ListMH01754 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States
MH56490 / MH / NIMH NIH HHS / United States