No Room for Cheap Cures

NewsChina - - MEDIA FOCUS -

It is com­mon for pa­tients to buy medicine at hos­pi­tals af­ter get­ting their pre­scrip­tion from a doc­tor. Pre­vi­ously, some chose to buy the same medicine online or at drug­stores where it was cheaper. But sales of cheaper medicines out­side hos­pi­tals have dried up and some are even more ex­pen­sive than those sold at hos­pi­tals. The high costs of medicines sold at hos­pi­tals are ap­par­ently be­ing driven up by re­funds to doc­tors and hos­pi­tals paid by drug man­u­fac­tur­ers. Whether pa­tients buy medicines at hos­pi­tals at their own ex­pense or use med­i­cal in­sur­ance, the high costs will add an eco­nomic bur­den to fam­i­lies and med­i­cal in­sur­ance funds, which has be­come a ma­jor chal­lenge for China's new round of med­i­cal re­form.

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