KFF Health Tracking Poll May 2024: The Public’s Use and Views of GLP-1 Drugs

Findings
  1. Adults who say a doctor or health care provider told them they are overweight or obese in the past five years include those who may also have diabetes or heart disease.

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  2. Insufficient sample size to report among uninsured adults who have ever taken these drugs.

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  3. These drugs are commonly prescribed for weight management, to treat type 2 diabetes, or to reduce the risk of heart attacks and stroke in people with cardiovascular disease. While Medicare is currently prohibited by law from covering medications used specifically for weight loss, Medicare spending on these drugs is currently skyrocketing given their high price and use for diabetes and to reduce cardiovascular risk. For more information, see KFF’s policy watch on rising Medicare spending on Ozempic and other GLP-1 Drugs.

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