One study that CVS Caremark conducted with Brigham & Women's Hospital in Boston found that beneficiaries who had to pay the full cost of brand-name medications when they hit the doughnut hole
were twice as likely to stop taking them altogether than to switch to generics.
This rule implies that the doughnut hole
in Figure 1 will hardly provide incentives for cost containment to consumers whose expected expenses (far) exceed that doughnut hole
Tavenner: About 8 million Medicare beneficiaries are expected to reach the prescription drug coverage gap that we call the doughnut hole
The first rebate checks were sent in June, and checks will be sent each month throughout this year as more beneficiaries enter the doughnut hole
There's no good news for the doughnut hole
Starting in 2007, when most participants will be enrolled for the full year, the doughnut hole
will transfer costs of about $20 billion to beneficiaries--these are costs beneficiaries will have to cover out of pocket, thanks to the doughnut hole
Premiums, deductibles, and the doughnut hole
will be "indexed," meaning they could increase each year.
Jose Angel Conchello Davila for pushing the government to claim Mexico's rights to hydrocarbons in the doughnut hole
People with Medicare in the doughnut hole
now receive discounts when they purchase prescription drugs at a pharmacy or order them through the mail, until they reach the catastrophic coverage phase.
As an agent, I have seen horrible poverty, heard the near-death stories because people can't afford their meds when in the doughnut hole
van Vliet note in "Risk-Adjusting the Doughnut Hole
to Improve Efficiency and Equity," a key issue for policymakers concerns the appropriate level of medical spending to locate the doughnut hole
in order to obtain the strongest incentives for cost containment.
Under ACA, the administration aims to close the doughnut hole