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This Week in PLoS Medicine: Coverage gap in US Medicare; Health Policy and Systems Research

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This week PLoS Medicine publishes two new articles and starts off our Health Policy and Systems Research cluster.

Jennifer Polinski and colleagues estimated the effect of the “coverage gap” during which US Medicare beneficiaries are fully responsible for drug costs and found that the gap was associated with a doubling in patients‘ discontinuing of essential medications.

In the first of a series of three articles addressing the current challenges and opportunities for the development of Health Policy and Systems Research (HPSR), Kabir Sheikh and colleagues lay out the main questions vexing the field.

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