PMID: 18459476May 8, 2008Paper

Participation in pharmaceutical costs and seniors' access to medicines in the Czech Republic

Central European Journal of Public Health
Jana DavidováLenka Práznovcová

Abstract

Analysis of participation in drug costs by seniors in the Czech Republic in connection with seniors' access to pharmacotherapy. Quota-sampled guided interview with 450 respondents visiting pharmacy; ratio of men and women approximately 1:2; age over 60 years; 3 regions of the Czech Republic. Respondent's income was retirement pension in 80%. More than 55% of respondents did not reach the official state average. Respondents used altogether 1,650 medicines on physician's prescription in the last four weeks. Overall co-payment for medicines was 38,778 CZK, i.e. 86 CZK per patient. Only 27% of respondents used fully reimbursed products. Respondents used together 273 OTC drugs (over-the-counter drugs, e.g. non prescription drugs) in value of 16,540 CZK, i.e. 37 CZK per patient. Average respondent spent on medicines 123 CZK in the last four weeks, i.e. 1.5% of the official state average income. There were respondents, about 10%, searching for the level of co-payment in several pharmacies and more than 8% of respondents had to refuse dispensation of medicines due to co-payment. Our study demonstrates that there are patients who may fail to gain access to medication due to co-payment in the Czech Republic. The financial participation i...Continue Reading

Citations

May 6, 2019·Daru : Journal of Faculty of Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences·Monireh AfzaliShekoufeh Nikfar
Aug 11, 2009·Central European Journal of Public Health·Kaja PõllusteMargus Lember

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