Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Government to provide free generic medicines to poor

The proposal for the 12th Five Year Plan includes a new initiative to supply essential medicines free of cost for patients seeking healthcare in public health facilities. This is with a view to bring down out-of-pocket expenditure and thereby provide affordable healthcare to the poor and vulnerable sections of the society.

The framework for this initiative shall include formulation of State essential drug list, standard treatment guidelines, institutionalized procurement of quality essential medicines and supply chain management alongwith an accountability and oversight mechanism.

The above information was given by the Union Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Rajya Sabha.

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