Medicare and drug coverage: A women's health issue

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Abstract

The lack of prescription drug coverage under the Medicare program translates into high out-of-pocket drug costs for seniors. This nationwide study of older Americans with hypertension ('high blood pressure') demonstrates that women bear the disproportionate burden of this gap in Medicare coverage. Women form the majority of older people with hypertension, and are less likely to have supplemental policies to cover the cost of the prescription drugs that are needed to treat the disease. Moreover, women have substantially lower incomes. Despite their economic vulnerability, older women with hypertension spend substantially more on prescription drugs than men. Copyright (C) 2000 Jacobs Institute of Women's Health.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)47-53
Number of pages7
JournalWomen's Health Issues
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2000

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Women's Health
Medicare
Prescription Drugs
hypertension
coverage
Hypertension
drug
medication
health
Pharmaceutical Preparations
Drug Costs
costs
Health Expenditures
vulnerability
low income
Economics
Disease
Costs and Cost Analysis
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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Nursing(all)
  • Health(social science)

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Medicare and drug coverage : A women's health issue. / Blustein, Jan.

In: Women's Health Issues, Vol. 10, No. 2, 03.2000, p. 47-53.

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