The Ministry of Health is planning changes to the drug reimbursement act. They will hit seniors the most
How big are the price increases of flat-rate drugs waiting for us?
New Year's surprise. It turns out that with the arrival of the new year, the prices of drugs used in the treatment of chronic diseases covered by the lump sum may increase by up to 100 percent. Law and Justice MP Bolesław Piecha reassures that this is just a project and the prices will not go up too much.
Bad news for the sick
An amendment to the Reimbursement Act saw the light of day. Responding to it, representatives of the pharmaceutical industry contacted Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki directly to stop work on the project.
Pharmacists indicate that, according to the draft, the price of 2,000 cheapest drugs will be increased, which are covered by a lump sum. This applies to drugs used to treat diabetes, cardiac diseases or asthma. Strong painkillers are also going to be more expensive.
The increase is related to the fact that the Ministry of Health wants to link the lump sum with the minimum wage. If we take into account that in 2023 the minimum wage will amount to approx. PLN 3,500, the prices of medicines from 3.20 will increase to PLN 7. The pharmaceutical industry indicates that this is not the only provision that is harmful to patients.
The law also includes a provision that the minister of health may “reclassify products”, which for some products could mean a change lump sum for a 30 or 50 percent refund. This could translate into the fact that expensive drugs could become even more expensive. This would be a serious blow for the chronically ill.
“Surely there will be some price increase, but I do not think that drugs for chronically ill patients will become so expensive. This is just a project” – said PiS MP Bolesław Piecha, deputy head of the parliamentary health committee.
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