Provision of Pharmaceuticals in Russia: Current Situation and Prospects for the Future
Monitoring of Russia's Economic Outlook. Moscow, No 16, pp. 19-22, IEP. 2019
4 Pages Posted: 22 Nov 2019
Date Written: November 12, 2019
An analysis of the consumption of prescription pharmaceuticals and the structure of pharmaceutical care costs has demonstrated that the availability of pharmaceuticals is still low, and that households have to pay for more than half of those costs. It has also been revealed that availability of pharmaceuticals varies broadly across different Russian territories. Many of the existing pharmaceutical care programs have to deal with issues that have to do with lack of proper planning in the implementation of government purchases. This article suggests several pharmaceutical care models that target all citizens without any exceptions; aim for the placement of a broad assortment of prescription pharmaceuticals on the government provision list, with due regard for their efficacy; rely on an independent control of the reasonability of prescription of pharmaceuticals in each case; imply a cost-effective organization of the pharmaceutical provision system, and the introduction of differentiated co-payment programs for the population.
Keywords: Russian Economy, Healthcare, Pharmaceuticals
JEL Classification: I11, I19
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