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Research Letter
December 28, 2021

Self-reported Behaviors Regarding Medications to Save Money Among Sexual Minority Adults in the US, 2015-2018

Author Affiliations
  • 1Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee
  • 2Department of Medicine, Health & Society, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
JAMA. 2021;326(24):2526-2529. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.20335

Individuals who belong to sexual and gender minority populations, including members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer communities, experience health disparities that stem from structural discrimination and barriers to care.1,2 As a result, members of sexual minority populations disproportionately face worse health outcomes compared with their heterosexual peers.3 Furthermore, patients who forgo or delay medical care and prescription medicine to save money may have worse health outcomes. While previous research has documented use of alternative therapies and cost-related medication nonadherence by race and ethnicity, no studies, to our knowledge, have examined whether adults from sexual minority groups engage in medication cost-saving strategies.4 We estimated behaviors regarding medications to save money by sexual orientation using nationally representative data in US adults from 2015-2018.

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