Drug coverage and drug purchases by medicare beneficiaries with hypertension

Jan Blustein

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Research has shown that older Americans with prescription drug coverage purchase more medications; however, it is unclear whether they are more likely to purchase essential medications. This study addresses that question by examining the relationship between drug coverage and medication purchases among older Americans with hypertension. It finds that drug coverage has a significant impact: It lowers the likelihood that persons with hypertension will go without antihypertensive drugs, and it raises the number of tablets purchased among those who purchase these essential drugs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)219-230
Number of pages12
JournalHealth Affairs
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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