Kaiser Family Foundation, Commonwealth Fund and Tufts-New England Medical Center study:
Four in 10 seniors haven't taken all the drugs their doctors prescribed for them in the past year - either because the costs were too high, because they didn't think the drugs were helping them, or because they didn't think they needed them.
How many system breakdowns can you count?
And to make things even more complex, of those taking prescription drugs, about 46 percent take five or more, 54 percent have more than one prescribing doctor and 35 percent use more than one pharmacy.
How many opportunities for screwups can you count?
Of those with at least three chronic conditions, 73 percent take five or more meds regularly and 52 percent do not take all the drugs prescribed.
Which is worse taking all those drugs with the potential that no professional is aware of all of them or not taking all of them?
No, it's not somebody else's responsibility. Don't even dare think that.
Here's the study published in Health Affairs (PDF).