August 29, 2013 | By Márcio Barra
The Portuguese Government spends almost as much money on the NHS hospitals’ expenses with medicines as with the reimbursement of all drugs sold in pharmacies, according to data revealed by the Portuguese Ministry of Health.
The numbers disclosed show that, in 2012, the state spent about $ 2,200 million with drugs, 1.200 million of which with the reimbursement of medicines sold in pharmacies and 1.000 million with medicines provided in hospitals.
While the expenses on drugs sold in pharmacies are in control, thanks to successive price cuts by the Government over the years – just in 2013, about 1.400 brand drugs had mandatory a 7% price discount – the expenses with medicines in hospitals and debts to the Pharmaceutical Industry grew again this year, both in value and in average payments. This upward trend is ongoing for six consecutive months.
In July, the value…
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