Who is Most Likely to Have High Prescription Drug Costs?

An updated chart collection explores prescription drug spending for people who are covered by large employer health plans.

The analysis finds that about 4% of people with employer coverage have prescription drug costs totaling $5,000 or more, and about 3% have out-of-pocket prescription drug costs exceeding $1,000. Enrollees with total prescription drug spending exceeding $5,000 are more likely to be older and have serious health conditions.

The chart collection is part of the Peterson-KFF Health System Tracker, an online information hub dedicated to monitoring and assessing the performance of the U.S. health system.

A previous version of this analysis, titled “What are the recent and forecasted trends in prescription drug spending?”, can be found here.

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