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Does Low Income Mean More Medications?

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  • A survey conducted by Forbes found that respondents at the lowest income levels are much more likely to be taking high levels of prescription drugs―four or more―than other respondents
  • More than 10 percent of low-income people (those making $0 to $24,999 a year) were taking four or more prescription drugs, compared to none of those in the highest income group ($100,000-$149,000)
  • One theory for why is that the federal health care system encourages polypharmacy (taking more than one drug), which ensures repeat visits for doctors
  • Many are under the impression that government-sponsored healthcare will lead to less prescription drug use, but in reality it is likely to make their use explode – which could spell disaster for Americans’ health

By Dr. Mercola

You may think that people with low incomes would be taking the least amount of prescription drugs, given their expense and the cost of doctor visits.


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