Antibiotics Drug Usage Dropped 13 Percent in the Past Two Months
After the 15 percent markup was officially scrapped, the amount of antibiotic drug use in public hospitals in the city has dropped more than 13 percent in July and August. This showed positive results in the city’s effort in curbing unnecessary prescriptions by doctors looking for profits.
Ever since the city released its latest medical reforms in July, the number of patients who were receiving intravenous transfusions in the outpatient’s department has dropped by 8.8 percent. Drug revenues of local public hospitals have reached 32.5 percent of the total medical income in July and August which is 4 percent lower compared to the total medical income in June and May and 4.4 percent lower compared to the same period last year.
Based on this figures, it showed that the reforms made have effectively curbed any hospital practice of prescribing any unnecessary drugs to patients for income and helped patients cut down on their medical expenses. The reduction in patient expenses was significant to those suffering from chronic diseases like diabetes, but not as much to those suffering from common ailments.
These medical reforms will be pushed further by the city and patients will be expecting to see more medical expenses to drop further in the coming years.