A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded that adults younger than 65 were more likely than older Americans to skip medicines, or not take them as prescribed. Also, about 20 percent of adults, regardless of age, sought lower cost treatments from physicians.
USA Today: Study: Younger Patients More Likely To Skip Medications
People younger than 65 are twice as likely to skip medications than older Americans, according to a study released today by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The new CDC study found that about 13% of the Americans younger than 65 did not take their medications as prescribed to save money, while 6% of the older group skipped medications (Kennedy, 4/9).
Bloomberg: Adults Skipping Medicines To Save Money
Adults who haven’t reached retirement age were twice as likely as those who have to skip their prescribed medications to save money, a U.S. study found. About 20 percent of adults regardless of age have asked their doctors for a lower cost treatment, according to the study released today by the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Spending on drugs is expected to increase an average of 6.6 percent a year from 2015 through 2021, the Kaiser Family Foundation has reported (Edney, 4/9).