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Submitted by Anonymous on
Besides poverty, the delivery of medicines for chronic patients and after hospital discharge is essential and targets a large groups of patients, mainly elderly despite the low life expectancy. This delivery system can be improved by improving the management of the supply chain by integrating information between hospitals and pharmacies, thus avoiding primary care centers where the problems of absenteeism is higher. Also, it would decrease bad prescription and adverse events for these patients, and then increase adherence. On the demand side, the vouchers are a good idea, but linking them to income level may be more difficult than linking them to type of medicine. Tax payers with high and medium levels of income should have also the right of free medicine for "unavoidable" treatments, such as cardiovascular, cancer, ...