Seniors satisfied with Medicare prescription drug program

Seniors overwhelmingly approve of the Medicare prescription drug benefit.

Medicare Today released its 2012 beneficiary satisfaction survey results Wednesday, providing additional evidence that the Medicare prescription drug benefit offers seniors affordable, effective access to the medicines they need.

The survey found that overall satisfaction with the benefit known as Part D has increased from 78 percent to 90 percent since the program was first implemented.

With 90 percent beneficiary satisfaction and average monthly premiums remaining virtually unchanged over the past three years, Medicare Part D is working for seniors and helping our government control costs by reducing healthcare system spending. More than 40 million people with Medicare (90 percent of all beneficiaries) now have the option of comprehensive prescription drug coverage, which helps provide high-quality and high-value healthcare for America’s seniors.

The survey also found that:

  • 90 percent of Part D enrollees are satisfied with their coverage and 96 percent say their coverage works well.
  • 61 percent of seniors reported that they would be unable to fill all of their prescriptions without Part D.
  • More than 8 in 10 seniors report that their plan is predictable, affordable, reasonable and offers good value.

The survey, which can be viewed in full here, is growing evidence that seniors’ access to prescription medicines through the Medicare program is improving health outcomes and lowering costs.