International Journal of Pharmacology and Clinical Sciences: a knowledge base for scientific enquiry and better patient care

Devi, Vasudha (2012) International Journal of Pharmacology and Clinical Sciences: a knowledge base for scientific enquiry and better patient care. International Journal of Pharmacology and Clinical Sciences, 1 (1). pp. 1-2.

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Abstract

The current health care system of the world is dependent on the modern medicine which focusses on curative rather than preventive aspects of medicine. The modern medicine has increased the life expectancy and quality of human life by delivering remedial measures for several diseases. This was possible because of advances in research and availability of evidences to practice medicine. However, in low-income and middle-income countries, drugs account for 20—60% of health-care costs. The large proportion of these costs is paid out-of-pocket by patients which could be due to inadequate or no coverage by health insurance. To make the condition worse, a third of the world's population lack access to essential medicines. Cost of drugs is one of the factors contributing to the problem of access to medicines. It is estimated that, in India, out-of-pocket health expenditure traps 2.2% of the population below the poverty line each year. In addition, the Indian health system has to face many other challenges like inadequately controlled infections, emerging epidemic of chronic diseases associated with western lifestyle in the near future. Hence, reforming the health system focussing on both preventive and curative aspects of health care services to make it rationale, affordable and accessible is the need of the hour.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Medicine > MMMC Manipal > Pharmacology
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 18 Sep 2012 06:16
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2012 06:16
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/77211

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