Patients' attitude and willingness to pay for pharmaceutical care: An international message from a developing country

D. Jaber, S. Aburuz, Eman A. Hammad, Huda El-Refae, Iman A. Basheti

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Abstract

Background: Since patients are essential partners in determining priorities and resource allocation in the healthcare system, considerable efforts have been made to shift the focus of pharmacy profession from drug dispensing to patient-oriented care. Accordingly, the assessment of patient-oriented care has become a prominent method to evaluate the quality of the healthcare services delivered and willingness to pay (WTP) to receive them. Objective(s): To determine patients’ attitude towards pharmaceutical care services among general population in Jordan and their WTP for this service. Methods: A cross-sectional study was conducted in a teaching hospital in Jordan over a period of six months. A contingent valuation method was used, with closed-ended questions to elicit participants' attitudes and WTP for pharmaceutical care services. Results: A total of 223 participants were interviewed. Most of the participants showed a positive attitude towards pharmaceutical care services, with an average attitude score of 0.82 (±0.19). Almost 96.0% of participants believed that pharmacists must be committed to more counseling roles than dispensary activities. The majority of participants (194, 87.0%) expressed their interest in pharmacists checking their medications at least once per month. Most of the participants (212, (95.1%) believed that the pharmacist should be reimbursed for providing a pharmaceutical care service that would potentially reduce medication-related problems (MRPs) by 50%. Of these, 208 (93.3%) participants were willing to pay out of their pockets an average maximum amount of $3.95 (±4.23) for the pharmaceutical care services they may receive to reduce 50% of the risk of MRPs. Conclusions: This study revealed that Jordanian people have a supportive attitude regarding pharmacists’ abilities in providing pharmaceutical care services in addition to dispensing. Majority of participants in this study were willing to pay for pharmaceutical care services that would reduce the risk of MRPs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1177-1182
Number of pages6
JournalResearch in Social and Administrative Pharmacy
Volume15
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2019
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Attitude
  • Medication-related problems
  • Pharmaceutical care services
  • Willingness to pay (WTP)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pharmacy
  • Pharmaceutical Science

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