The Ministry of Health on the afternoon of April 29 explained that the lack of drugs to prevent kidney transplant rejection in the past 10 days at Cho Ray Hospital was undesirable, because the bidding and price negotiations had not yet resulted.
The leading health agency said that it was reviewing the bidding list and evaluating and clarifying bids, so it was not possible to buy drugs for patients. The National Drugs Centralized Shopping Center is conducting bidding and price negotiation.
Price negotiation is a new form of bidding and applies only to drugs, from 2018, according to the Ministry of Health. Drug Price Negotiating Council is negotiating prices for 66 generic brand-name drugs, including anti-rejection drugs used in kidney transplant patients. This process is slow due to the need to collect, analyze and process a large amount of information related to each negotiated drug and requires the coordination of many other ministries and sectors such as Finance, Industry and Trade, Planning and Investment. , General Department of Customs…
“The first time conducting negotiations on a large number of generic brand-name drugs with limited human resources, mainly part-time, are difficulties affecting the price negotiation progress,” the Ministry of Health stated in the report. announcement on the afternoon of April 29.
While waiting for price negotiations, the Ministry of Health said that Cho Ray Hospital is choosing a contractor to supply drugs in “appropriate forms” to have medicine right after the holiday of April 30. Cho Ray also contacted medical facilities with drugs in Ho Chi Minh City to transfer patients for treatment and enjoy health insurance policies as prescribed.
Previously, the kidney transplant patient reflected at Cho Ray Hospital run out of some drugs under the category of Covered Health Insurance, this has lasted for more than 10 days. Many people have to buy medicine from outside, which costs 6-15 million VND. A representative of Cho Ray Hospital said that it would propose to Ho Chi Minh City Social Security to refund people who bought drugs.
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