PATIENTS are decreasing or halting the use of some drugs because they are too expensive, the Pravda daily wrote.
Under the new rules introduced as part of Slovakia's health reform, Slovak patients pay supplementary charges for certain drugs, usually a fraction of the total value of the medication, but which may vary depending on the type of the drug.
A survey carried out by the Association for the Protection of Patients' Rights showed that 15 percent of patients decreased their dosages or stopped using drugs altogether, while another 30 percent asked their doctors to prescribe them cheaper alternatives.
Average monthly expenditures for drugs reach Sk434 (€10.9) and patients with long-term illnesses pay Sk580 (€14.6). According to the survey, patients would consider Sk300 (€7.6) a bearable sum.
Compiled by Martina Jurinová from press reports
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9. Jul 2004 at 9:57