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Table 3 Numbers of different medicines stocked in health facilities

From: Availability, use, and affordability of medicines in urban China under universal health coverage: an empirical study in Hangzhou and Baoji

   Hangzhou Baoji
2009 2011 2013 2009 2011 2012
Primary health care centers Total number of different medicines 735 453 449 264 336 358
Number of different medicines on NEML (percentage of total number)a 271
(37%)
235
(52%)
219
(49%)
166
(63%)
236
(70%)
246
(69%)
Number of different antibiotics 49 19 18 19 24 26
Secondary hospitals Total number of different medicines 813 832 849 635 643 638
Number of different medicines on Insurance Reimbursement List 770 797 809 554 596 655
Number of different antibiotics 59 53 38 39 36 35
Tertiary hospitals Total number of different medicines 930 957 992 730 750 876
Number of different medicines on Insurance Reimbursement List 808 841 913 677 716 805
Number of different antibiotics 66 51 51 68 47 48
  1. a The National Essential Medicines Policy in China allows primary health care institutions to choose the medicines on the NEML and the additional provincial/municipal list. Although primary institutions can only equip essential medicines on the two lists, they are not mandatorily required to equip all medicines on the lists. So the numbers of NEML medicines were less than 307 in 2009 list, and rest of the stocked medicines were from the municipal list
  2. NEML National Essential Medicines List