policy and politics
Prescription Drug Coverage: Medicine or Science?
Article first published online: 10 JUL 2013
© 2013 by The Hastings Center
Hastings Center Report
Volume 43, Issue 4, pages 9–10, July-August 2013
How to Cite
Herbst, J. L. (2013), Prescription Drug Coverage: Medicine or Science?. Hastings Center Report, 43: 9–10. doi: 10.1002/hast.186
- Issue published online: 10 JUL 2013
- Article first published online: 10 JUL 2013
Under what circumstances should the federal government pay for outpatient prescription drugs? Should the government (and by extension, taxpayers) pay for all of the drugs prescribed by health care providers, regardless of price or use—adhering to a medical standard? Or should taxpayers only pay for prescriptions supported by scientific evidence of effectiveness—a scientific standard?