By Philip Moeller
Consumers already are upset about growing difficulties paying for health care. Imagine how they’d take to the streets – or perhaps the voting booth -- if they knew the real size of their health care bill.
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Americans spend more on prescription drugs than any other country in the world: about $1,200 per person every year. One in four say the cost is problematic, and some say they haven’t taken their medicine as directed as a result.
By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar, Associated Press
Medicare revamped its online plan finder this year and the senators said they've gotten numerous complaints from people in their states about inaccurate information on drug pricing and coverage.
Medicare’s annual open enrollment period ends on Dec. 7.
Nearly 15 percent more Medicare Advantage plans will be available to patients in 2020.
Prescription drug cost is the leading problem, according to a study published Monday.
By Nsikan Akpan
Another unintended consequence of electronic medical records has been revealed.
The new Plan Finder tool, which has some improvements, could cause confusion for Medicare beneficiaries making their annual enrollment selections, columnist Philip Moeller writes.
A major focus is to try to improve follow-up care for patients after they are discharged from hospitals, an area in which Medicare is increasingly holding hospitals accountable.
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