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Asked doctor for lower cost medication, past 12 months

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For sample adults, YCHEAPMEDYR indicates if the respondent, concerning the use of prescription medication, asked doctor for a lower cost medication to save money in the past 12 months.

This variable can be used to monitor the effects of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


In order to save money, other behaviors mentioned are:

  • Bought prescription drugs from another country (YFORNMEDYR)


In 2013, the universe was restricted from sample adults aged 18 and older, to sample adults aged 18 and older who were prescribed medicine in the past year. Otherwise, there are no comparability issues.


  • 2011-2012: Sample adults age 18+.
  • 2013-2018: Sample adults age 18+ who were prescribed prescription medication in the past 12 months.


  • 2011-2018