In the United States, many Americans rely on insurance to pay for medicines prescribed by doctors,media reported. Because drugs can be expensive in the United States, the cost of health insurance coverage is often important for low-income and middle-class citizens. Nearly half of patients don’t prescribe drugs at all when doctors prescribe drugs and their health insurance doesn’t cover them, according to a NPR poll this week.
A new report by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Harvard University’s Chen Zengxi School of Public Health examines income inequality in the United States. The study looked at 1,889 adults aged 18 or older living in the United States between July 17 and August 18, 2019.
Most Americans have health insurance, including some form of prescription drug insurance, according to the survey. However, the survey found that one-third of U.S. adults found that their health insurance did not include prescription drugs prescribed by doctors.
More information can be found in NPR’s Life Experiences and Income Inequality in the United States.