Self care, medicines purchased and the abolition of the prescription charge. Roger Walker Pharmaceutical Public Health Team 23 October 2006. What is the issue?. If we abolish the prescription charge in Wales will this reduce the incentive to purchase medicines for self care?
and the abolition of the prescription charge
Pharmaceutical Public Health Team
23 October 2006
“Self-care is one of the best examples
of how partnership between the
public and health service can work”.
Securing our future health: taking a long-term view
Derek Wanless 2002
“ A step-change in individuals’ and
communities’ acceptance of
responsibility for their health is needed”.
The review of health and social care in Wales
Derek Wanless 2003
“Even greater efforts will be made to
help people look after their own health”
Designed for Life
Determinants of self care ?
What is self care ?
An acquired habit and skill that requires
individuals to have an appropriate
knowledge base and access to safe,
effective and affordable medicines
The UK self care market
UK OTC market
12 months to December 2005
Source: Information Resources, Inc 2006
NHS Wales primary care drug bill
12 months to March 2006
Source: StatsWales 2006
North East England
South East England
Durham and Chester-le-Street
………but whatever we do we need to start doing it now!
“We must view the population itself as the most
significant health resource, a co-producer of
health rather than a consumer of healthcare