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Study: Drug costs lead many people to forgo prescriptions

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High drug costs kept about 45 million U.S. adults (18%) from filling a prescription last year, the nonprofit group Prescription Justice reports.

High drug costs kept about 45 million U.S. adults (18%) from filling a prescription last year, the nonprofit group Prescription Justice reports. Elsewhere, the percentage of adults not filling prescriptions due to cost in 2016 was 2% in the United Kingdom, where prescriptions are largely covered by national health insurance; 10% in Canada; 9% in Switzerland; 6% in Australia; 6% in New Zealand; 6% in Sweden; 4% in France; 4% in the Netherlands; and 3% in Norway. The report noted that the percentage in the United States has actually come down from 21%, before the Affordable Care Act went into effect in late 2013. The analysis was based on data from the Commonwealth Fund's 2016 International Health Policy Survey of Adults, which polled about 2,000 U.S. adults and nearly 27,000 adults overall.

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