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PDS. Prescription Drug Study for 2007
Have you used prescription drugs in the past year?
Do you have any insurance that would cover some of the cost of prescription drugs if you did use them?
Who does most of the shopping for the prescription drugs that you take?
How many different prescription drugs did you use in the last month?
Of those prescription drugs, how many are ones you take on a regular basis (for example, every day or every week)?
How much do you typically spend of your own money for a one-month supply of your regular drugs?
In the last year, what is the most you have spent for a one-month supply of your regular drugs?
a typical month, how many different pharmacies do you get prescription drugs from (including mail order)?
Where do you typically get your prescription medicines? (Mark (X) all that apply.)
How often do you purchase prescription drugs from a supplier in another country such as Canada or Mexico?
In addition to your prescription medications, which of the following types of medicines do you regularly use that you buy without a doctor's prescription?
Which of the following best describes how your insurance works when you buy prescription drugs?
What is the source of your most important prescription drug insurance?A plan provided by my employer, a family member's employer, or a former employer or union..........1
What is the name of your most important prescription drug insurance plan?
Does your prescription drug coverage have an annual deductible, that is, an amount you have to pay yourself each year before the insurance will start to help pay?
If yes, how much is your deductible?
What kind of monthly premium is there for your prescription drug insurance?
How much is your monthly premium?
Some prescription drug insurance plans restrict the number, type or dollar amount of prescriptions they will pay for. Check any of the following types of restrictions that your plan has.My plan won't pay at all for some types of drugs..........1
Some prescription drug insurance plans have what's called a coverage gap, or a doughnut hole, where you have to pay all or nearly all of the costs of your drugs for part of the year after the insurance has paid up to a certain amount. Have you reached the coverage gap in your prescription drug plan this year?
If you have reached the coverage gap in your plan this year, have you done any of the following to save money after you reached it?
Did you cut your spending on drugs early in the year to try to avoid reaching the gap?
Overall, how satisfied are you with your current prescription drug coverage?
Over the last year, would you say your prescription drug coverage has:
In the last year (twelve months), have you done any of the following?
In the last year, have you thought about switching to a different provider or a different plan of the same provider?No, I have not thought about switching. I am happy with my plan. No, I have not thought about switching. I wanted to avoid the trouble of going through the whole plan comparison and choice process again. Yes, I have briefly considered switching to a different plan or provider. Yes, I have thoroughly considered switching to a different plan or provider and compared plan details PDS.B16. How would you rate your current prescription drug plan (i.e. the plan in which you are enrolled for 2007) overall?
How would you rate Cost of monthly premium of your current prescription drug plan?
How would you rate Deductible of your current prescription drug plan?
How would you rate Amount you pay for each prescription (co-pay) for drug plan?
How would you rate Keeping your costs the same from month to month for your current prescription drug plan?
How would you rate these features of your current prescription drug plan - The drugs it covers and doesn't cover (formulary)?
How would you rate these features of your current prescription drug plan - Choice of pharmacies or mail order options?
How would you rate customer service of your current prescription drug plan?
important is Cost of monthly premium of a prescription drug insurance plan for you?
important is Deductible of a prescription drug insurance plan for you?
important is Amount you pay for each prescription (co-pay) of a prescription drug insurance plan for you?
important is Keeping your costs the same from month to month of a prescription drug insurance plan for you?
important is The drugs it covers and doesn't cover (formulary) of a prescription drug insurance plan for you?
important is Choice of pharmacies or mail order options of a prescription drug insurance plan for you?
important is Customer service of a prescription drug insurance plan for you?
Please tell us anything else about your prescription drug insurance that you think is important that we have not asked about.
In the past year, how often did you not fill a new prescription because of the cost?
In the past year, how often did you stop taking a prescription medication because of the cost?
In the past year, how often did you skip doses of a prescription medication in order to save money?
In the past year, have you had any side effects, unwanted reactions, or other health problems from medications you were taking?
Did you cut down or stop taking the drug on your own?
Did you talk to a doctor about this reaction?
Did you visit a doctor's office or emergency room mostly because of this reaction?
Did your doctor ask you to cut down or stop taking the medication because of this reaction?
Did you take another medication or treatment to treat this reaction?
Were you admitted to a hospital overnight mostly because of this reaction?
I had sufficient information to determine whether I would benefit.
It was difficult to determine whether specific medications are covered by the plans that are offered.
There were too many alternative plans to choose from.
It was useful to have more choices of alternative insurers.
The enrollment process was very complicated.
I had difficulty getting my questions answered.
Not all of the medications that Medicare Part D plans promise to cover are actually covered.
I have had difficulty getting the prescription drugs that I need covered.
I had difficulty understanding how Medicare Part D works and what savings it would provide.
Having insurance companies compete for my business improves my options.
Having coverage provided through private companies rather than through a single government-managed program complicates my choices.
Information on this program provided by Medicare has been useful.
Information on this program provided by insurance companies has been useful.
It was easy to get my questions answered.
The enrollment process was clear and straightforward.
The Medicare Part D program is well designed.
The Medicare Part D program is a major benefit to seniors.
It would have been better to provide drug insurance automatically as part of Medicare, rather than an optional program with multiple providers.
Once one gets past the enrollment process, the Part D program works well.
The exclusion of some drugs from the lists of what's covered by Medicare Part D plans is a major drawback.
The $250 deductible in the Medicare standard plan is a significant drawback.
The gap in coverage in the Medicare standard plan between pharmacy bills of $2,250 and $5,100 is a significant drawback.
Medicare Part D plans offer significant protection against catastrophic prescription drug costs.
Changing formularies of drugs included under Medicare Part D plans makes it difficult to know if drugs one might need in the future will be covered.
Are you currently enrolled in a Medicare Part D plan or a Medicare HMO or Advantage plan that helps pay for prescription drugs?
Medicare beneficiaries with limited income and resources may qualify to get extra help paying for their prescription drug coverage. Did you know about this program?
Have you ever applied for extra help?
How helpful do you think the new Medicare prescription drug benefit has been for People with low incomes?
How helpful do you think the new Medicare prescription drug benefit has been for People with very high prescription drug costs?
How helpful do you think the new Medicare prescription drug benefit has been for People with low prescription drug costs?
How helpful do you think the new Medicare prescription drug benefit has been for People with no other insurance for drugs?
How helpful do you think the new Medicare prescription drug benefit has been for People with good other insurance coverage for drugs?
How helpful do you think the new Medicare prescription drug benefit has been for A typical person with Medicare?
I am more likely to make a wrong choice if I have lots of different options to choose from.
When it comes to making decisions about my health insurance coverage, I prefer to have someone knowledgeable decide for me.
I prefer to have lots of information about each option.
I prefer to choose a plan without help from anyone.
Choosing a Medicare plan is a task I would rather avoid.
I often feel overwhelmed because there is too much information about each plan to take in.
I have difficulty understanding the information about Medicare coverage options.
Whenever I make a choice about Medicare, I worry it will be the wrong one.
I am confused about the changes in Medicare.
I am upset about the changes to Medicare.
Who do you trust or count on to help you make choices about health insurance? (Mark (X) all that apply.)
Please write down some information from the label on the prescription bottle.Name of the medication:
Please write down some information from the label on the prescription bottle.Strength
Please write down some information from the label on the prescription bottle.Medication Format/Unit
Please write down some information from the label on the prescription bottle. Dosage Instructions
About how long have you been taking this medication?
How much did you pay the last time you filled this prescription?
This medication is very important for my health.
It often gives me unpleasant side effects.
It is too expensive.
It is the best one available for what it does.
In the last year, have you ever missed a scheduled dose of this medication or delayed or not filled a prescription for it?
How important was Cost for missing a dose or not filling a prescription when that happened?
How important was Unpleasant side effects for missing a dose or not filling a prescription when that happened?
How important was being Away from home for missing a dose or not filling a prescription when that happened?
How important was Forgetting for missing a dose or not filling a prescription when that happened?
Please list any other prescription medications that you take (do not include any medications you told us about before in Section E).
Please list any medications that you take regularly or as often as needed without a doctor's prescription (do not include any medications you told us about before in Section E). Examples could be things like aspirin, antacids allergy medicine, or herbal medications.
Were the questions in this questionnaire answered by the person to whom this questionnaire was addressed, or did someone else answer for that person?
Approximately, how long did it take you to complete this questionnaire?(minutes)
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