Mental health patients face higher Part D costs

June 12, 2006

Part D enrollees with mental illness will have to pay up to four times more in out-of-pocket expenses than their privately insured counterparts, according to a study from Thomson Medstat. They will also reach the donut hole in coverage two months earlier than the average for all Medicare patients.

Mental health patients face higher Part D costs

Part D enrollees with mental illness will have to pay up to four times more in out-of-pocket expenses than their privately insured counterparts, according to a study from Thomson Medstat. They will also reach the donut hole in coverage two months earlier than the average for all Medicare patients. Half of schizophrenia patients reached the coverage gap by June 1; depression patients will do so by June 21, and anxiety patients by July 6.

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