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Indonesian doctors are told to prescribe generics to reduce health costs

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c349 (Published 20 January 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c349
  1. Ben Bland
  1. 1Jakarta

    Government doctors in Indonesia will soon be required to prescribe generic drugs where possible in a bid to drive down the spiralling costs of providing health care in the world’s fourth most populous nation.

    Officials from the health ministry said that doctors working in state hospitals and clinics would be able to prescribe more expensive branded drugs only if no generic equivalents were available.

    Although a decree requiring doctors to use generic drugs was implemented in 1989 it …

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