Pharmaceutical Expenditure – How Much Are We Spending? (NHA Policy Brief Series – Policy Brief No. 3 - Fiji)
(2014; 7 pages)


In Fiji private pharmaceutical expenditure has increased faster than public (Government) pharmaceutical expenditure. This means that households are spending more out-of-pocket on pharmaceuticals even though pharmaceuticals dispensed from public health facilities are free. Since 2008, public pharmaceutical actual expenditure has surpassed budgeted allocations. This policy brief suggests that there is a need for increased monitoring and reporting of pharmaceutical expenditure from the private sector, including an analysis of current drug utilization, stock-outs and pharmaceutical surpluses in the public health system to improve Government budget allocation to pharmaceuticals in 2015 and beyond.

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