On the surface, catastrophic healthcare coverage is a great thing. For the 44.5 million Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in the Part D program for self-administered prescription drugs, this coverage phase is designed to make out-of-pocket costs manageable, once drug spending crosses a certain threshold. Without it, many patients with chronic health conditions would not be able to access their medication.
Studies predict a shortage of up to 121,300 physicians by 2030. This means access to primary care physicians is becoming more difficult. However, 9 in 10 Americans have a pharmacy within 5 miles of their home according to NACDS research. The pharmacist will become more and more important as an overall healthcare consultant.