'PATIENTS WANT CHOICE OVER DRUG DISPENSING'

PUBLISHED : Monday, 12 July, 1999, 12:00am
UPDATED : Monday, 12 July, 1999, 12:00am
 

Patients should have the choice of whether to have medicines dispensed at their doctors' clinics or by a pharmacist, according to a survey.


Almost 80 per cent of the 608 respondents to the Chinese University's Asia Research Centre poll said they thought doctors should list consulting and drug dispensing fees separately.


About 57 per cent thought doctors were infringing a patient's rights if they did not offer a prescription which could be filled elsewhere.


Scarlett Pong Oi-lan, president of the Practising Pharmacists Association which commissioned the survey, said 67.1 per cent of people thought they should be able to choose where their medicines were dispensed from.


She said most Hong Kong doctors did not write out prescriptions.


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