Medicare began offering drug discount cards for seniors in early May,
but early reaction has been largely negative. Separate surveys from consumer
advocacy group Families USA, the Associated Press, and Congressional Democrats
show that the best prices available via the cards are often higher than those
advertised by US-based online pharmacies. Drug prices negotiated by the Department
of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the government of Canada are also lower than
Medicare card prices, according to the surveys.
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