Promote cheaper generic drugs to patients – and help contain medical inflation

Chris Bateman


The country’s top medical scheme administrator, Discovery Health, calculates that far greater use of cheaper, good-quality generic drugs will drive down healthcare inflation, saving as much as R1.5 billion per annum for medical scheme members - while a major hospital group has begun promoting these use of these medicines through their hospital pharmacies. 

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Chris Bateman, HMPG, South Africa

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Healthcare inflation; Pharmacies; Generic drugs

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South African Medical Journal 2014;104(9):598-600. DOI:10.7196/SAMJ.8750

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Date submitted: 2014-07-31
Date published: 2014-08-19

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