Date of Award

5-1-1989

Degree Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S.W.

Department

School of Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Richard Lyle

Abstract

The purpose of the study is to analyze the difference in the utilization of prescribed medications by Medicaid and Medicare recipients. This study examines problems many individuals in longterm care facilities face, when they are medicare recipients and unable to receive medical care which is as adequate as those who are beneficiaries of Medicaid. This study involved thirty residents, divided equally into two groups. They resided in a small long-term care facility located in Fulton County (Georgia). Findings revealed that Medicare recipients tend to visit their health providers less frequently, purchase fewer prescribed medications, and therefore, receive less adequate medical care than Medicaid recipients.

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