Ten Facts About Medicare Spending on Prescription Drugs

New hepatitis C medications fuel rising costs

The Kaiser Family Foundation has examined trends in Medicare spending on prescription drugs, how Medicare coverage affects beneficiary access and costs, and what the public thinks about different options for keeping drug costs down. The foundation found that total and per capita Part D spending has increased rapidly in the past few years, mainly because of new, costly treatments for hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection.

 

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