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Cadernos de Saúde Pública

versão impressa ISSN 0102-311Xversão On-line ISSN 1678-4464

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LIMA, Marina Guimarães et al. Out-of-pocket drug expenditures by retirees and pensioners 60 years and older in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. Cad. Saúde Pública [online]. 2007, vol.23, n.6, pp.1423-1430. ISSN 0102-311X.  https://doi.org/10.1590/S0102-311X2007000600017.

The aim of this study was to analyze the structure of private drug expenditures by individuals 60 years and older in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The study population consisted of a representative sample of retirees under the National Social Security Institute (INSS) in the city of Belo Horizonte, interviewed through a household survey. Monthly out-of-pocket drug expenditures were calculated, and a drug cost structure analysis was performed according to drug characteristics. 667 elders answered the survey. Mean drug expenditures per month were US$38.91. The therapeutic groups representing the majority of drug expenditures were: cardiovascular system (26%), nervous system (24%), and digestive/metabolic system (15%). Considering drug registration categories, brand-name drugs accounted for the majority of expenditures (54%). The results of this study can support policies to improve both access to medicines and overall health conditions for the Brazilian elderly population.

Palavras-chave : Health of the Elderly; Health Economics; Drug Costs; Pharmacoepidemiology.

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