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Effect of the expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 (Republic Act of 9994) on drug accessibility among the elderly.

Author

Roderick l. Salenga,
Monet M. Loquias,
Jesus N. Sarol

Related Institution

Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy - University of the Philippines-Manila

National Teacher Training Center for the Health Professions - University of the Philippines-Manila

Publication Information

Publication Type
Journal
Publication Sub Type
Journal Article, Original
Title
Acta Medica Philippina
Frequency
Quarterly
Publication Date
April-June 2016
Volume
50
Issue
2
Page(s)
38-43

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: This study aims to determine the effect of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 on drug accessibility among elderly.
METHODS: Descriptive, cross-sectional design involving 775 senior citizens from Manila,Pampanga, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cagayan De Oro and Iligan.
RESULTS: Thirty-eight percent (38%) of senior citizens were not aware of the law, but 90% knew about the 20% discount and 54% knew about the 12% VAT exemption. Half (50%) of them ask for 20% discount all the time when they buy their medicines. Only half are given full discount every time they ask for it, and 32% are given to the VAT exemption. As a result, less than half (48%) are able to buy all their medicines.
CONCLUSION: Privileges are not fully enjoyed by senior citizens either due to lack of awareness or noncompliance of drug outlets to the provisions of the Law.

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