Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Medicine price reform is necessary

Some Chinese cities piloting the medicine-pricing reform are giving State-run hospitals the right to negotiate their own medicine prices, says an article in 21st Century Business Herald:
Under the collective medicine purchasing system in China, which has been used for years, medicines are purchased by provincial medical authorities, and all local public hospitals in the province can sell medicine to patients at only 15 percent over the collective purchasing price when they sell the medicine to patients.
Although China has lowered medicine prices in the collective purchasing system more than 20 times in the past 10 years, medicine prices in some public hospitals are still high. The collective purchasing system should have given more bargaining rights to buyers. But most of the provincial buyers are representatives from big hospitals in the provinces, even if the purchasing process is organized by governments. Read more - China Daily

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