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Capitol Health Call
July 2, 2003

Generics Get Boost

JAMA. 2003;290(1):29. doi:10.1001/jama.290.1.29-a
Medicare Bill Uncertain

As Congress headed toward July 4 recess, squabbling over a Medicare overhaul plan continued. At press time, the Senate Finance Committee was debating details on the bill, which could offer subscription drug benefits beginning in 2006.

Medicare Bill Uncertain

From 2004 to 2006, seniors would receive a discount drug card for a "nominal fee." Supporters of the bill said the cards would save seniors between 10% and 25% of prescription drug costs; low-income seniors would save more. Medicare now covers drugs only if they are given in a hospital or a physician's office. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that Medicare beneficiaries comprise 15% of the total population but account for 40% of prescription drug spending.

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