Effect of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 (Republic Act 9994) on Drug Accessibility among the Elderly

Roderick L. Salenga,1 Monet M. Loquias,1 and Jesus N. Sarol2

1Department of Pharmacy, College of Pharmacy, University of the Philippines Manila
2National Teachers Training Center for the Health Professions, University of the Philippines Manila

 

Objective. This study aims to determine the effect of the Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010 on drug accessibility among elderly.

Methods. Descriptive, cross-sectional design involving 775 senior citizens from Manila, Pampanga, Iloilo, Bacolod, Cagayan De Oro and Iligan.

Results. Thirty-eight percent (38%) of senior citizens were not aware of the law, but 90% knew about the 20% discount and 54% knew about the 12% VAT exemption. Half (50%) of them ask for 20% discount all the time when they buy their medicines.

Conclusion. Privileges are not fully enjoyed by senior citizens either due to lack of awareness or noncompliance of drug outlets to the provisions of the Law.

Key Words: senior citizens' welfare, Expanded Senior Citizens Act of 2010, health services accessibility