Background Paper

Providing Outpatient Prescription Drugs through Medicare: Can We Afford To? Can We Afford Not To?
March 1999


Robin J. Strongin


The continuing debate over the issue of Medicare coverage for outpatient prescription drugs gave rise to this background paper, which discussed several key questions: Whose responsibility is it to provide coverage? Who should be covered? What should be covered? Who should pay for prescription drug coverage? How should costs be controlled? In addition, the paper explored options for structuring a Medicare outpatient prescription drug benefit. It also contained a glossary.

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