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Drug Prices in Taiwan Are Too Low

2016 - 10 - 28

In U.S, there usually is a co-payment charged at the pharmacies for most prescription drugs. Even for one or two generic drugs, you are paying tens of dollars.


美國人看醫生拿處方箋,到藥局領藥多半都有自負額 (co-payment),而且金額還不低;一次門診即便只是開給你普通的學名藥一兩種,進了藥局都得噴掉幾十鎂,萬一是仍在專利期內的原廠藥或罕病藥就更別提了。所以,真的有不少窮老美在看完醫生、確認完藥價後,就低頭抱病回家養病了;畢竟如果真的掏錢買藥,小孩就會沒飯吃、繳不起學費啊!

更讓他們憤怒的是,藥價居然還年年漲!一年平均漲11%(從2011起)!
Brand-name drug prices rose an average just over 11% a year from 2011 to 2015

本所之前的文章,批判台灣一手玩藥價調查(逼藥廠降價)、另一手讓病人拿藥幾近免費(門診藥費自負額上限NT$200),這是助長藥物濫取健保負擔沈重的元凶。

醫、藥,都是救人命的,搞不好也是會出人命的。對專業欠缺基本尊重,是台灣健保的問題;對病人冷血地予取予求,是美國制度的問題。

唉,過猶不及啊。

新聞來源:
What’s Happening With Drug Prices?

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