China moves to expand cancer medicine access - (Xinhua via NewsPoints Desk)

  • Chinese patients have benefited from expanded access to cancer drugs in the country, Xinhua reported.

  • Last October, the prices of 17 cancer drugs were slashed by an average of 56.7 percent following negotiations with drugmakers.

  • "Now, the total cost is down to about 15 000 yuan since the hospital buys from the supplier at a government-negotiated price," explained Beijing Hospital oncologist Li Lin, adding "covered by the insurance scheme, the patient only needs to pay about 3000 to 4600 yuan after reimbursement."

  • According to China's National Healthcare Security Administration, hospitals and pharmacies purchased more than 1.8 million doses of cancer drugs at lower prices following negotiations.

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