Official statistics of the SSN (Italian National health service) do not provide information about how many drugs are used by whom and for what diseases. The study carried out by Saniteia on a large Health District (ASL) in Lombardy can supply exhaustive responses to these questions and allow to build-up scenarios for the next future. In this ASL elderly patients, representing 16% of the population, attract 47% of pharmaceutical expenditure. An elderly person costs, for drugs, four times more than an adult. In general, those buying drugs are chronic ill patients (16% of population and 64% of expenditure), whose demand is inelastic to co-payments, while most of the population uses drugs occasionally (less than 100 euros per year) and has a demand elastic to charges. The ageing of the population, associated with many other factors affecting drug spending, could increase the SSN pharmaceutical expenditure - by 2010 - from a minimum of 9%, due to demographic changes only, to a maximum of 124%, including rises in consumption and average prices, similar to those occurred in the last five years.
|Titolo:||Invecchiamento e consumo di farmaci : uno studio campionario|
MAPELLI, VITTORIO (Primo)
|Parole Chiave:||invecchiamento ; consumi farmaceutici ; spesa farmaceutica ; previsioni|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore SECS-P/02 - Politica Economica|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2005|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su periodico|