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As Americans grapple with the rising cost of medicines, a new analysis shows that the U.S. had the highest spending per capita among nearly a dozen other high-income countries.

Specifically, U.S. spending per capita on pharmaceuticals was $1,443, despite the fact that generics represented 84 percent of the U.S. market, the largest tally among the 11 countries that were examined. The mean spending per capita was $749, according to the analysis, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Retail spending per capita was also highest in the U.S., at $1,026.


The data were released as part of a broader look at health care spending in the U.S. and other wealthy nations. And the results were sobering: The U.S. spent approximately twice as much as the 11 other high-income countries on medical care, yet utilization rates in the U.S. were largely similar to those in other nations.

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  • After MD Medicaid stopped paying on July 31, 2013 for the three Brand Name Anti-Seizure Drugs which I have to take daily to treat my Epilepsy I spent $16, 300 on these Anti-Seizure Drugs . This is a tremendous amount of money which I did not have to be spending. Linda Ennis

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