Six million patients may hit Part D donut hole

September 25, 2006

A study by Wolters Kluwer Health projects that by year?s end, approximately six million people—35% of all Medicare Part D enrollees—will have entered the donut hole coverage gap.

A study by Wolters Kluwer Health projects that by year?s end, approximately six million people—35% of all Medicare Part D enrollees—will have entered the donut hole coverage gap. By the end of September alone, four million Medicare-eligible patients are expected to enter the donut hole. Furthermore, the study reports that entering the donut hole may impact medication compliance, with 16% of the patients choosing to discontinue non-acute therapies. The study looked at a significant sample of Standard Eligible Medicare Part D patients who were enrolled from January through August 2006.

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