13 million Americans hold off on filling their prescriptions due to cost - Study

13 million Americans hold off on filling their prescriptions due to cost - Study
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High prescription prices are causing a lot of people to just go without because they can't afford to pay for their meds.

A new study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation finds 13 million Americans will hold off on filling their prescriptions because they cost too much.

That includes almost two and a half million people on Medicare and almost four million people on private insurance.

The study also shows a quarter of people in both of those categories spent more than 1 percent of their family income on prescription drugs.

“It's tragic that millions of people don't take needed prescription drugs because they can't afford them,” said Katherine Hempstead, a senior policy adviser at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, which funded the study.

"As we recover from COVID-19 and try to create a more equitable society, ensuring that prescription drugs are affordable must be a policy priority," Hempstead said in a news release from the Urban Institute, which conducted and published the study.