Portugal spent 40 million euros less in medicines in the first trimester of 2013

May 28, 2013 | By Márcio Barra

Today, Paulo Macedo, the portuguese Health Minister, in the opening session of the twenty-fifth National Meeting of Pastoral Health, stated that in the first trimester of 2013, the expenses with medicines of the Portuguese population fell 40 million euros, although  200,000 more packages were bought.

“Last year, the Portuguese population spent less 190 million with medication, while buying five million packages. This trend continues in the first quarter of 2013, where the Portuguese spent approximately less 40 million in drugs, while buying  200,000 more packages, “said Paulo Macedo.

The health minister reinforced the position of the Government, which is to have “cheaper” and “more accessible” medicines, while reducing the state’s expenses with medicines.


Agência Lusa

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