2005 Prescription Drug Study (Early, Version 1.0)

January 10, 2007

The HRS 2005 Prescription Drug Study (Early, Version 1.0) is now available.

The HRS 2005 Prescription Drug Study is a supplemental study conducted in 2005. It is the first wave of a two-wave mail survey designed to track changes in prescription drug utilization as Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit, is phased in. The baseline wave, administered in 2005, was intended to capture prescription drug use, coverage, and satisfaction prior to the implementation of Medicare Part D, as well as awareness of the new drug benefit and available subsidies. In addition, questions about sources of information on Medicare Part D and expectations of the impact of Part D on prescription drug cost, coverage, and health were asked.

The sample for the Prescription Drug Study (PDS) was drawn from respondents to HRS 2004. The study sample included HRS respondents born in 1942 or earlier (65th birthday in 2007), or already covered by Medicare or Medicaid at some time between 2002 and 2004 with oversamples of persons lacking prescription drug coverage or having low income and wealth.

A total of 4,684 respondents returned questionnaires or completed a telephone interview, for a response rate of 88.1%.

Please refer to the corresponding data documentation file for more information on the background and file structure of these data, including sample selection and weights.

Note: Be sure to check the HRS File Merge Cross-Reference Table for up-to-date information on the restricted data merge status of this data set.

If you find any problems with the data, please report them to us via the Help Desk, or by e-mail to hrsquestions@umich.edu.