The effects of medicare advantage on opioid use.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Despite a vast literature on the determinants of prescription opioid use, the role of health insurance plans has received little attention. We study how the form of Medicare beneficiaries' drug coverage affects the volume of opioids they consume. We find that enrollment in Medicare Advantage, which integrates drug coverage with other medical benefits, significantly reduces beneficiaries' likelihood of filling an opioid prescription, as compared to enrollment in a stand-alone drug plan. Approximately half of this effect was due to fewer fills from prescribers who write a very large number of opioid prescriptions.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Baker, LC; Bundorf, MK; Kessler, DP

Published Date

  • March 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 70 /

Start / End Page

  • 102278 -

PubMed ID

  • 31972536

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7181702

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1879-1646

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-6296

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jhealeco.2019.102278


  • eng