Hospital spending on drugs climbs by €115 million in just four years

Hospital spending on drugs climbs by €115 million  in just four years

Spending on medical and surgical supplies increased from €337 million to €401 million over the same four-year period

It has emerged that Irish hospital spending on drugs soared by €115 million in the past four years. It climbed from €336 million in 2014 to €451 million in 2018.

Spending on medical and surgical supplies increased from €337 million to €401 million over the same four-year period.

The overall bill for non-pay clinical items, which also included blood and laboratory products, stood at €1.247 billion in 2017 - up from €1.02 billion in 2014.

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