Trends in Prescription Drug Use by the Disabled Elderly

Jay Bhattacharya, Alan M. Garber and Thomas MaCurdy

in Developments in the Economics of Aging

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780226903354
Published online February 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226903361 | DOI:
Trends in Prescription Drug Use by the Disabled Elderly

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This chapter uses the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey to analyze trends in the utilization of pharmaceuticals by disabled and nondisabled beneficiaries in the community (noninstitutionalized) between 1992 and 2001. It examines both the over-sixty-five population and the population under sixty-five that qualifies for Medicare by virtue of their disability. It compares the rates of growth of prescription drug use in these two groups, along with changes in the share of medical expenditures attributable to prescription drugs. It examines both overall prescription drug uses and use by class. It then discusses the implications of changing disability rates for drug benefits and for overall health care expenditures.

Keywords: Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey; medical expenditures; prescription drugs; Medicare; disability; health care expenditures; prescription drug use

Chapter.  8422 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Economics

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