April 12, 2018

Survey: CT residents fret over prescription costs

Dave Seidman | Flickr Creative Commons
Dave Seidman | Flickr Creative Commons

Half of the state's adults are somewhat or very worried about being able to afford prescription medication, according to a poll released Thursday by the Universal Health Care Foundation of Connecticut.

Conducted by Altarum, the recently conducted survey of more than 900 people found that those who are self-insured or on Medicaid are the most concerned about drug prices, though 50 percent on employer-sponsored plans also expressed concern.

UHCF said 88 percent of people who take prescription medication regularly are worried they won't be able to afford them, while 20 percent reported cutting pills in half, skipping doses or not filling a prescription due to cost.

Of the respondents, 94 percent want the state Attorney General take action to prevent price gouging (something that was recently recommended in a draft report from the state's Healthcare Cabinet).

Similarly sized majorities said they supported setting prices and making them more transparent.

"The poll shows very clearly that Connecticut residents want action, regardless of their political affiliation," Frances Padilla, president of the foundation, said in a statement. "They should not have to choose between taking their medications as prescribed and putting food on the table."

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