Medicines compliance and reimbursement level in Portugal

Maria da Conceição Constantino Portela, Adalberto Campos Fernandes

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Abstract

During a severe financial crisis, it is a priority to use scientific evidence to identify factors that enable therapeutic compliance by patients. This study aimed to evaluate a possible association between the number of patients who attended a medical appointment and had medicine prescribed and the number of these same patients who purchased the prescribed medicine and whether the level of reimbursement was a deciding factor. We perform a correlation analysis at primary care centers in Portugal, between 2010 and 2012 (n = 96). We found a moderate to high positive association, which is statistical significant, between the number of the patients with medicines dispensing and medicines reimbursement levels. The correlation coefficient varies from.5 to.63 (P <.01). The compliance increases along with the increase in the reimbursement levels.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages5
JournalHealth Services Research and Managerial Epidemiology
Volume2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2015

Keywords

  • access to care
  • community health centers
  • efficiency
  • health economics
  • primary care

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