DRUG BILL: $103 BILLION

Medicare alone spent $103 billion on drugs under Medicare D during 2013. The figure does not include drugs billed under Medicare Part B. The top ten drugs by volume are generics. The top 10 drugs by cost are all brand names. Regional variations exist in the number of drugs patients are prescribed. These are among the facts reported by Jordan Rau in "Medicare Itemizes Its $103 Billion Drug Bill" posted by Kaiser Health News on 4-30-15. LEARN MORE 

Posted on May 4, 2015 and filed under affordability.