An untapped potential
8.5 billion packs of non-prescription medicines and 1.2 billion packs of minerals and vitamins were purchased by Europeans in 2018 to improve their health and well-being. Investments in self-care lead to demonstrable long-term savings for governments and healthcare systems as well as individual households.
- Making more medicines available without prescription would result in potential savings from 1 to 2.1 billion Euros including medicines expenditure, avoided visits to the doctor and our time spent during the visit.
- Potential savings thanks to Rx-to-OTC switches may be allocated to new and cost-effective drugs for severe diseases and/or unmet needs, in a context of scarce resources.
- Over £1.5bn could be saved each year and reinvested into the NHS if more people had the tools and awareness to take care of their own health.
- £200m could be saved each year by reducing unnecessary prescriptions for self-treatable conditions.
- There are an estimated 18 million GP appointments every year for self-treatable conditions. Pressure on healthcare services could be relieved if more people had the tools and awareness to take care of their own health.
- Switch results in a 3.125€ millon societal effect, explained by improving quality of primary health care (2.258M€), improving labor productivity, optimization of non working patients’time and a reduction of public expenditure on publicly covered medication.
The value of responsible self-care
Practicing responsible self-care has never been more important.
We practise self-care every day. But what is responsible self-care? What are its benefits ? How can we promote it?
This video, released on the occasion of International Self-Care Day 2019, proposes some elements of answer. Share the video and start a conversation about the value of responsible self-care!