Even Insurance Isn’t Making It Work

Insured People Experiencing More Trouble Paying for Prescription Drugs as Copayments Increase, Economy Worsens

This isn’t exactly a big surprise. The problem of higher co-pays and ever higher prices for prescription drugs has been creeping up on us for a while. With prices going up and the economy down, it looks like the situation is going to worsen for the time being.

Insured U.S. residents are experiencing more difficulty for prescription drugs as higher out-of-pocket costs and a slowing economy “strain family budgets,” according to surveys and health care analysts, USA Today reports. According to the National Patient Advocate Foundation, which helps people pay medical bills, 31% of the 44,729 people the foundation aided in 2007 cited copayments as their top medical-debt problem in 2006, compared with 17% in 2005.

USA Today reports that some people are no longer charged a flat fee for prescription drugs but must contribute a proportion that ranges from 20% to 70% of a drug’s cost. NPAF Executive Director Nancy Davenport-Ennis said, “Some families that have to deal with chronic or critical illness are not in a position to maintain that.” Gary Claxton, a Kaiser Family Foundation vice president and director of the Foundation’s Health Care Marketplace Project, said, “Incomes aren’t going up, but copayments are.”

Let’s be clear about one  thing – chronic illness can strike at any age, but as you get older, some sort of chronic condition that can benefit from modern medications becomes the rule rather than the exception. This can become anyone’s problem.

It has finally become so apparent that we some sort of solution to the problem of health care affordability that even Republicans are pretending to address the problem, but the problems are growing way more and more unmanageable way ahead of any possible plan to address it. Or to put it more succintly, if you’re not in a heap of shit today, watch out for tomorrow.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by thatsrightnate on April 10, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    4.4 cents out of every dollar for education and “social” programs. Start there and then get rid of PBS.

    Reply

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