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Needed but couldn't afford prescription medicines, past 12 months


For all persons eligible for the Access to Care section (ACCESSELIG), YBARMEDS reports whether, in the past 12 months, there was any time the respondent needed prescription medicines, but did not get it because they couldn't afford it.

YBARMEDS is collected as part of the Access to Care section, which gathers information on usual source of care for all family members, characteristics of usual source of care health providers, and barriers family members have faced in obtaining needed health care. Please see UNMTNDMC for all variables pertaining to reasons the respondent was unable to obtain or had to delay necessary medical care and ACCESSELIG for more information about the Access to Care section.

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This variable is comparable over time.


  • 2018-2021: All persons eligible for the Access to Care section (ACCESSELIG).


  • 2018-2021



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