Private Drugstores Encouraged to Sell More Hospital Based Medicines
More private drugstores are being encouraged by the city’s health department to sell drugs that were previously sold at public hospitals. This move will bring in competition in the city while spurring hospital pharmacies to lower drug prices.
The director for the city’s health, population and family planning commission Jiang Hanping said that most private drugstores are selling some of the common drugs that are found at the hospitals but does not carry specialized medicines. Jiang also said that contracts will be signed with big named drugstore chains to ask them to carry these specialized medicines so patients can get conveniently purchase drugs from them.
Local public hospitals have abolished the 15 percent drug markup in July, and is expected to drop even further once a series of measures will be introduced. The city will also be promoting the use of residential health cards among residents. Officially launched in 2010, the health cards are still not being widely used by the general public. The health cards contain insurance details along with the resident’s health information and helps residents in saving time when paying and in registration.
The city health department will also continue to monitor local drug prices and purchases. The department will also adjust the pricing plan based on supervision and study along with a subsidy plan to cover lost revenues for public hospitals.