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Horizonte Médico (Lima)

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PARODI, José F et al. Medicine access and utilization in a population covered by National Social Security System of Argentina. Horiz. Med. [online]. 2014, vol.14, n.2, pp.11-17. ISSN 1727-558X.

Objective: To investigate the use and accessibility to drugs in patients covered by the National Social Security Argentina (SNSSA). Material and Methods: We studied the accessibility to drugs that were consumed the last 15 days before hospitalization, in 500 patients in 5 hospitals in the area of Buenos Aires. Results: Of the 500 patients surveyed, 292 patients had medical prescription 15 days before being hospitalized, 171 (58.6%) patients had no access to medicines. The mean age was 47.4 + 18.8 and range of 0.1 to 89 years; 173 (34.6%) were male and 327 (65.4%) female. The distribution of coverage of patients studied was predominantly belonging to the Public System with 280 (56.0 %), Social Work 175 (35.0 %) and Prepay 45 (9.0%). The reasons for non- accessibility were mainly: the errors in processes ranging from issuing prescriptions, improper filling of forms to non-availability of medicines in pharmacies. Conclusions: The lack of access to medicines for patients covered by SNSSA is a common phenomenon.

Keywords : Accessibility of Health Services; Drug Utilization; National Drug Policy; National Pharmaceutical Assistance Policy.

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