Drs. Elizabeth Franklin and Helen Nichols and their colleagues have a new paper published in Journal of Cancer Education that explores (1) Medicare decision-making, (2) Medicare satisfaction, and (3) understanding of Medicare coverage among cancer patients.
Using focus groups and survey data, Franklin, Nichols, and Bohannon found that although Medicare beneficiaries believe they understand their coverage and are largely satisfied with benefits, many cannot accurately identify the appropriate components of the program, particularly regarding how drug benefits are structured. In-depth qualitative analyses from the focus group indicated not only a lack of understanding but a fear of unexpected out-of-pocket costs or coverage challenges.
More details can be found at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s13187-020-01797-z