How End-Stage Renal Disease Patients Manage the Medicare Part D Coverage Gap

ArticleinHealth & social work 37(4):225-33 · November 2012with15 Reads
Impact Factor: 0.94 · DOI: 10.1093/hsw/hls031 · Source: PubMed


    Medicare Part D was enacted to help elderly and disabled individuals pay for prescription drugs, but it was structured with
    a gap providing no coverage in 2010 between $2,830 and $6,440. Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) are especially
    likely to be affected due to high costs of dialysis-related drugs and the importance of adherence for overall health. Researchers
    from social work, pharmacy, and dietetics interviewed 12 patients with ESRD to learn about strategies and challenges during
    the coverage gap. Constant comparison generated the following themes: the experience of hitting the gap, management strategies,
    physical and emotional consequences, and advice for others. Results suggest that patients could benefit from greater involvement
    with professionals and peers to prepare for and manage their medications during the coverage gap and for support in dealing
    with emotional consequences and stress related to financial pressures and living with a serious health condition.