No surprise here: Medicare beneficiaries don’t understand Part D

The MedicareHMO website conducted a small (139 person) poll with the following question:

How well do you think you understand the new Medicare Part D Prescription Benefit?

  • 70% said, “Don’t understand how it works”
  • 20% said, “Know a little, but am not sure about the rest”
  • 8% said, “Have a reasonable understanding”
  • 2% said, “Already have detailed knowledge”

There’s still time to learn, but with numbers like that I really doubt that great numbers of people will sign up as projected.

November 9, 2005

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