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Table 2 Advantages of competitive tender versus direct procurement reported by KIs

From: Challenges of medicines management in the public and private sector under Ghana’s National Health Insurance Scheme – A qualitative study

Competitive tender Competitive negotiation/Direct procurement
-Lower procurement prices (reported by 17 KIs) -Less expensive process (reported by 1KI)
-Assurance of getting quality medicines (6 KIs) -Wider pool of suppliers to select from (1KI)
  -Most suppliers deliver medicines to providers for free (1 KI)