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Title
Utilization effects of prescription drug benefits in an aging population.
First Author
Gianfrancesco, Frank D
Date of Pub
1994 Spring
Pages
113-126
Volume
15
Issue
3
Other Authors
Baines, Arthur P; Richards, David
Abstract
In this article, the effects of prescription drug coverage on use are analyzed for beneficiaries of a large retiree health benefit fund in a quasi-experiment comparing new and established enrollees. Newer enrollees show an 18-percentage point greater increase in prescription drug expenditures per capita than established enrollees during the 3-year period following enrollment. This differential is interpreted as the insurance effect of prescription coverage. The impact was greater among high-cost drugs than among low-cost drugs, and also greater among low users of prescription drugs than among high users. No clear patterns were discerned across therapeutic categories.
Abstract Continued
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MeSH
Aged : Cost Sharing : Drug Costs/statistics & numerical data : Drug Utilization/economics/statistics & numerical data : Health Benefit Plans, Employee/utilization : Health Services Research/methods : Human : Insurance, Pharmaceutical Services/utilization : Labor Unions : Retirement/economics
NTIS Number
PB95-123477