CDC: One-Third Of Uninsured Americans Are Rationing Their Medications

CDC: One-Third Of Uninsured Americans Are Rationing Their Medications
​According to the report, around 60% of Americans aged 18 to 64 have been prescribed drugs over the past 12 months.

According to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly one third of uninsured Americans used their medicine differently than prescribed to try and lower their costs.

Prescription drug costs continue to be a major issue in the U.S., with President Trump weighing in, saying something needs to be done. Last month, lawmakers grilled executives from some of the country's top pharmaceutical companies, saying that rising drug prices are making it harder for those who need medicine to receive the necessary care.


The CDC made the study to look into strategies people use to lower their medication costs. It included using alternative therapies, asking doctors for lower-priced medications and rationing prescription drugs. 

Not surprisingly, the study found uninsured Americans were much more likely to try strategies to lower costs than people who were covered by insurance. Uninsured people were over 20% more likely to ask physicians for cheaper medication options, and nearly 10% more likely to use alternative therapies.

It notes that these attempts to lower costs could have serious implications for people's health, including additional trips to the ER and being admitted to the hospital.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.