Elderly outpatients are prescribed four kinds of medicine each month, and their monthly payments for such treatment, including injections, comes to about 11,000 yen, according to a medication report published Monday by the Health and Welfare Ministry.

The number of prescription medicines and payments are on the increase, the ministry said. According to the report, outpatients up to age 69 received on average 3.07 prescription medicines in 1995, up from 2.98 in 1994. Such medicine for outpatients 70 years old and higher averaged four, up from 3.98 in 1994.

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