Pharmacies: profit margins and density too high?



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Pharmacies: margins and density too high?
In an interview with the newspaper "Rheinische Post", the chairwoman of the board of directors of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds, Dr. Doris Pfeiffer, savings in pharmacies called for.

In an interview with the newspaper "Rheinische Post", the chairwoman of the board of directors of the National Association of Statutory Health Insurance Funds, Dr. Doris Pfeiffer, savings in pharmacies called for. It stated that the pharmacies' profit margins are currently of such magnitude that there is a greater density of pharmacies in some locations than is actually necessary.

This statement is supported by a report by the ARD magazine “Report Mainz”, dated February 1, 2010. There, “Klamme health insurance companies - rich pharmacists. Why pharmacies are spared savings ”reported, among other things, from Hildesheimer Strasse in Hanover, which is said to have 15 pharmacies. Furthermore, the example of a drug was used to show how high the profit margins in pharmacies could be.
The professor at the Center for Social Policy at the University of Bremen, Gerd Glaeske, even speaks in the interview that “in general terms” every third pharmacy could be made available. Pfeiffer also called for the discounts for large customers who receive the cash registers at pharmacies to be put into a legal framework.

The SPD health politician Karl Lauterbach points out in the Mainz article that greater competition among drug sellers without “relevant safety problems” can be introduced. From a pharmacy's point of view, however, one could argue that in addition to sales, advice is also important, which a mail-order business or pick-up points can hardly guarantee. Pfeiffer, as well as the broadcast of Report Mainz, come to the conclusion that by implementing their proposals billions can be saved in the healthcare system without any loss of quality. (Thorsten Fischer, naturopath osteopathy, 14.03.2010

Further information on the topic:
- Report Mainz report: “Klamme health insurance companies - rich pharmacists. Why pharmacies are spared savings. "

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