Drug price disparities . . . and other stories

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2935 (Published 22 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2935

Drug costs in primary care systems

In Switzerland, drugs prescribed in primary care cost each citizen $171 (£133; €153) per year; in New Zealand the figure is $23. In the UK it is $81. Why are there huge differences between similarly developed health systems with universal coverage? A detailed analysis in CMAJ (doi:10.1503/cmaj.161481) shows that most were attributable to choices of drugs within therapeutic categories, combined with differences in the prices paid for medicines prescribed.

Patient centredness in acute trauma

The recent London bombings have shown again how amazingly effective modern trauma care can be. Patients in situations where they would otherwise have died are even more grateful if the trauma team members come over as competent, …

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