Prices of Prescription Drugs Unreasonable, say 73% Americans in Survey
Published By : 18 Jun 2015 | Published By : QYRESEARCH
A latest survey has found that a large number of Americans have faulted drug companies for making it difficult to pay for their medication owing to high prices.
When the responders were asked if the prices of prescription drugs were unreasonable or reasonable according to them, 73 per cent or nearly three quarters of the respondents said that their believed prices of prescription drugs were unreasonable, according to a tracking poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Yet another 76 per cent of the survey’s respondents said that the prices of the prescription drugs were considered unreasonable is due to the fact that pharmaceutical companies have set the prices too high. Only a mere 10 per cent of the respondents said that the prices were unreasonable because they were required to pay higher prices for prescription drugs by health insurance companies. The same percentage of responders said that both drug companies as well as insurers are responsible for the current state of affairs.
Of the entire lot of respondents, 50 per cent revealed that they were currently taking prescription drugs. Of these, a whopping 76 per cent stated that they found it easy to buy the prescription drugs on their own while the remaining 21 per cent said that they found it extremely difficult.
An additional 25 per cent of the survey’s respondents admitted that in order to be able to not spend too much money on medications and prescription drugs, they have more often than not reduced their dosage of intake of those drugs. So much so that they have even skipped necessary medications in order to make the supply of prescription drugs last longer than they should.
The Kaiser Health Tracking Poll survey was released on Tuesday. The findings of the research come after two months of another Kaiser poll which found that Americans were concerned regarding drug related costs more than any other health issues.