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Many Look for Ways to Spend Less on Prescription Drugs


(AARP) – With the cost of prescription drugs skyrocketing, at least 20 percent of Americans are making some effort to pay less, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey.

The survey, which focused on adults ages 18 to 64 who’d been prescribed medication in the preceding year, found that 1 in 5 people had either asked their doctor for lower-cost medication, did not take their medication as prescribed, or used alternative therapies to reduce their drug costs.

People who were uninsured were far more likely to use such strategies than those with private insurance or Medicaid: Nearly 40 percent of uninsured adults reported having asked their doctors about less expensive drug options, compared to 18 percent with private health insurance and 15 percent of those covered by Medicaid. And women (22 percent) were more likely than men (16.4 percent) to ask their doctors about cheaper medications.

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