Critics say the mark-up on drugs sales encourages hospitals to prescribe more medicine than is necessary to generate revenue. Hospitals receive only about 10 per cent of their income from government. Photo: AFP
Critics say the mark-up on drugs sales encourages hospitals to prescribe more medicine than is necessary to generate revenue. Hospitals receive only about 10 per cent of their income from government. Photo: AFP

China to scrap hospital drug sales mark-ups in 100 big cities

Pilot programme to cover hospitals in 100 prefecture-level cities to tackle soaring medical costs

Critics say the mark-up on drugs sales encourages hospitals to prescribe more medicine than is necessary to generate revenue. Hospitals receive only about 10 per cent of their income from government. Photo: AFP
Critics say the mark-up on drugs sales encourages hospitals to prescribe more medicine than is necessary to generate revenue. Hospitals receive only about 10 per cent of their income from government. Photo: AFP
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