In the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City, nearly half of the
patients that Alex Federman, MD, MPH, sees have Medicaid coverage. It pays
for their prescription drugs, but Federman says a large number of his non-Medicaid
patients struggle to pay for their medications.
“Many of the patients we see in this community have incomes of
maybe $600 a month, they may take anywhere from 6 to 10 medications, and they
have to pay rent of about $200 or $300 a month,” he says. “That
doesn’t leave much money for other things, and paying for medications
is a very real financial strain.”
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