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Prescriptions rise when Uncle Sam buys

Since Medicare greatly expanded drug coverage for recipients in 2006, spending on prescriptions is way up.

Prescriptions rise when Uncle Sam buys

Since the Medicare prescription drug insurance program began in 2006, Medicare spending on prescriptions increased 22 percent. Private insurance spending on prescription drugs rose 6 percent in the same period. The Medicare drug tab jumped from nearly $46 billion in 2006 to $56.1 billion in 2010.

Click on today’s infographic above for more, including the percentage of Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the drug program. Then explore opinions and commentary below in “What do others say?”

What do others say?

  • : New England Journal of Medicine: “Geographic variation in Medicare drug spending” More

  • : Huffington Post: “Guess who would benefit from privatizing Medicare?” More

  • : USA Today: “Five ways to squeeze Medicare” More

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