Living with diabetes carries a price in China
Published in Pharma Live February 2011 By Marc Yates, The Research Partnership Managing Director, Asia Pacific
A new research study carried out by global pharma specialists the Research Partnership offers insight into how patients in China manage life with type 2 diabetes. Following on from studies conducted in the US, UK and Germany, this survey reveals that for people in China life with diabetes carries a price - not just on their physical health but also on their wallet, their time and their overall enjoyment of life. Although patients in China are able to reimburse some of their healthcare costs, on average they spend 421 RMB (£40, US$64) per month on out-of-pocket expenses treating their condition and travelling to the hospital for treatment. They also spend almost 11 hours per month managing their illness. Insulin users will have to spend the most out-of-pocket, close to double that of OAD users. Given that the average earnings are reported to be about 4,500 RMB (£427, US$684)* per month in Tier 1 cities Beijing and Shanghai** and around 2,000 RMB (£190, US$304) per month in Tier 2 cities***, treating diabetes is a considerable expense, even for wealthy Chinese. Despite this, the survey found that only 1 in 5 patients will ask their doctors for less expensive treatments. Living with…
Christmas for over 450 guests
If you think you have a lot of extra work to do preparing for Christmas, then spare a thought for our nominated charity Forever Angels, who hosted a dinner this festive season for over 450 people from their local community!
Forever Angels run a home for deprived and homeless children in Tanzania. Every year at Christmas, The Research Partnership donates US$1,500 on behalf of clients to their cause, which this year went to help fund this amazing event. And the children were also surprised with gift boxes containing toys and games, clothes and crafts, kindly donated by our staff.Amy Hathaway, who founded the charity and runs the children’s home said, “It was a wonderful day – everyone was well fed and entertained and very happy to be sharing the day with their families and people they care about. Thank you so much to everyone who helped to make this such a magical day. We truly appreciate it... and so did our 488 guests.”The Research Partnership is a proud supporter of Forever Angels and its activities. You can read Amy’s journal to learn more about their Christmas Day here. »
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