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Editor's Correspondence
Health Care Reform
February 28, 2011

Caution in Generalizing Part D Results to Medicare Population

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Meyers Primary Care Institute and University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester (Dr Briesacher); and Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Madden and Mr Soumerai).

Arch Intern Med. 2011;171(4):366-367. doi:10.1001/archinternmed.2011.9

In the August 9/23, 2010, issue, Millett and colleagues1(p1327) wrote,

Mean out-of-pocket annual expenditures on all medications decreased by 32% . . . from $1011 to $691, in the year after Medicare Part D was implemented compared with the year before in all Medicare beneficiaries participating in the M[edical] E[xpenditure] P[anel] S[urvey].

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