I read with interest the article by Reichert et al.1 The article is relevant and timely. In India, it is much more important as our people are poor and they have to pay a large sum of their salary and/or savings for even a single episode of sickness.
It is really a matter of concern to know that 80% of physicians are unaware of the cost of the drugs.
In a study conducted in our hospital,2 we surveyed doctors and nurses regarding the cost of 15 commonly used items (drugs [ranitidine, diclofenac, nifedipine, etc], disposables, and investigations [electrocardiogram, x-ray examination, blood glucose estimation, etc]). Cost estimates that fell within 20% of the correct prices were considered acceptable; 41% of the responses were incorrect (24% were overestimated and 17% were underestimated). The doctors underestimated costs more frequently than the nurses.