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International Health Comparisons

International Health Comparisons


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3.12Medicines are an essential component of healthcare.
But as with other measures, comparisons can be very
misleading. The United Kingdom has pursued a policy

of prescribing generic drugs which are considerably
cheaper than branded ones and expenditure may not be
a good measure of volume. The effects of different price
regulation systems is another factor, as is the availability
of over the counter drugs in some countries that would
be prescription only in others.

3.13Figure 16shows expenditure on what countries classify
as public funding for drugs and other medical non-
durables prescribed for hospital out-patients. There is a
wide range of spending across countries, with the
highest spending per head in France and Japan at almost
three times that in Australia and the United States.

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