Public opinion on medication use and the prescription system
There are two main findings about the usage of medication and the prescription system from our nationally representative 2015 public opinion poll:
1. Approximately half the respondents reported that the changes to the prescription system negatively affected them and their families;
2. Monthly expenses on medicine remain quite high.
1. In connection to medicine, the public opinion poll provides us with the following picture:
53% of respondents stated that the changes to the prescription system had a negative effect on them or their family, while 34% stated that the changes had no effect on them or their family. 11% stated that the changes to the prescription system had a positive effect on them and their families. It is noteworthy that in September 2014, Transparency International Georgia welcomed the changes to the prescription system, but underlined the fact that it was necessary to prepare the public for the changes.
1.2. Of those surveyed, 14% of respondents said that expanding the list of medications that required a doctor’s prescription was the proper decision, 33% said that it was a more or less appropriate decision, and 47% stated that it was an improper decision.
1.3. Almost one in ten respondents said that after the changes to the prescription system, they had bought medications without prescriptions, while 68% stated that they had not done so.
1.4. In the opinion of 75% of those surveyed, after the changes to the prescription system, the cost of medications increased. The same share of those surveyed (75%) think that it has created unnecessary barriers to the purchase of medicine.
1.5. Monthly expenditures on medicines are still quite high: during the last month preceding the survey, 68% of respondents spent up to GEL 100 on medicine, 24% spent between GEL 100 and 500, and 2% spent more than GEL 500. In the month before the survey.
1.6. In the twelve months prior to the survey, the purchase of medicine occurred at the following frequencies:
 The Georgian speaking adult population (18-85+) at the time of the 2013 presidential elections in the geographic areas covered by the survey was used as the sampling frame (3,185,586 persons) and not the country’s entire population. People under the age of 18 and people within specific geographic areas did not participate in the survey. From the 3,185,586 people within the sampling frame, we selected 1867 respondents in order to be as representative of demographic and geographic factors as possible.
 Please note that in the charts we have rounded percentages +/- to integers to make them easier to read. Due to this, the rounded percentages may not add up to exactly 100 percent.