Hello, PIDS friends! Here's our #PIDSFactFriday for the week on the availability of essential drugs in Philippine hospitals.

A PIDS study that examined the service capacity and readiness of hospitals in the country found that essential drugs were not available in some public and private hospitals. Only 2 in every 10 hospitals have the complete 16 essential medicines, with the lowest proportion in LGU-owned and private hospitals. The lack of availability of essential medicines forces patients to buy medicines outside of health facilities using their own money, which adds to their out-of-pocket expenses.

Know more about the study titled “Assessment of the Service Capability and Readiness of Philippine Hospitals to Provide High-Quality Health Care” here: https://pids.gov.ph/publications/7579.


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