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Pills with a doughnut hole

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39055.534525.59 (Published 07 December 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1227
  1. George Dunea, attending physician
  1. 1Cook County Hospital, Chicago, USA

    When Zhou Enlai was premier of People's Republic of China, from 1949 to 1976, he was asked about the impact of the French Revolution, and reportedly replied that it was too early to tell. The same can now be said about the Medicare Part D Drug Benefit. Passed some two years ago by the then Republican controlled Congress, it represents an interesting experiment of the government providing drugs through the private sector to stimulate competition and contain costs. …

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