Journal article

The Effect of Medicare Part D on Drug and Medical Spending.

Yuting Zhang, Julie M Donohue, Judith R Lave, Gerald O'Donnell, Joseph P Newhouse

NEW ENGLAND JOURNAL OF MEDICINE | MASSACHUSETTS MEDICAL SOC | Published : 2009

Abstract

BACKGROUND: It is not known what effect the increased use of prescription drugs by enrollees in Medicare Part D has had on spending for other medical care. METHODS: We compared spending for prescription drugs and other medical care 2 years before the implementation of Part D in January 2006 with such expenditures 2 years after the program's implementation in four groups of elderly beneficiaries: Medicare Advantage enrollees with stable, uncapped, employer-based drug coverage throughout the study period (no-cap group), those who had no previous drug coverage, and those who had previous limited benefits (with either a $150 or a $350 quarterly cap) before they were covered by Part D in ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

Supported by grants from the National Center for Research Resources, a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the NIH Roadmap for Medical Research (KL2-RR024154-03, to Dr. Donohue); and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation (to Dr. Newhouse).