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Accession Number PB2013-102202
Title Offsetting Effects of Prescription Drug Use on Medicare's Spending for Medical Services.
Publication Date Nov 2012
Media Count 6p
Personal Author N/A
Abstract Prescription drugs affect peoples health and their need for medical services. Therefore, policy changes that influence Medicare beneficiaries use of prescription drugs, such as those altering the cost-sharing structure of the Part D prescription drug benefit, probably affect federal spending on their medical services. After reviewing recent research, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that a 1 percent increase in the number of prescriptions filled by beneficiaries would cause Medicares spending on medical services to fall by roughly one-fifth of 1 percent. That estimate, which applies only to policies that directly affect the quantity of prescriptions filled, represents a change in the agencys estimating methodology, which until now has not incorporated such an effect.
Keywords Beneficiaries
Federal spending
Health care costs
Human health
Medical services
Medicare Part D
Prescription drugs

Source Agency Congressional Budget Office
NTIS Subject Category 44L - Health Care Needs & Demands
44U - Health Care Delivery Organization & Administration
44Q - Health Related Costs
57E - Clinical Medicine
91F - Health Services
Corporate Author Congressional Budget Office, Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1306
Contract Number N/A

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