Per capita drug spending by insured patients plummets in Xiamen
City health authorities recently announced the expansion of a provincial program for centralized drug procurement for insured patients.
The expansion facilitated a decrease by 73 percent in the purchase price of brand name medicines and their generic equivalents covered by the program's purchasing policy.
Provincial medical institutes issued 119,400 prescriptions for insured patients.
Per capita drug spending dropped by 49 percent, a collective savings of more than eight million yuan for patients.