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Government to distribute free medicines through public hospitals

Government to distribute free medicines through public hospitals

NEW DELHI: The government will soon start work on distributing free medicines through public hospitals across the country, health minister Harsh Vardhan said on Friday, reviving a plan that former prime minister Manmohan Singh had promised in his Independence Day speech in 2012 but did not implement due to apparent lack of resources.

Vardhan plans to revive the central council of health (CCH), a body that comprises health ministers of all states in the country as well as experts, to take the discussion forward on firming up the model to implement the programme. The minister decided this in a meeting he had held with senior health ministry officials on the previous day.

“I am sure my colleague health ministers in the states are keen to ensure the success of this programme,” Vardhan said, adding despite the Union Cabi ..

Health economists have lauded the new government’s move to prioritise the programme.

“The plan has been in the making for the last three years. If implemented effectively, it will significantly reduce out-ofpocket expenditure in the country. The Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan model should be replicated in the other states,” said public health expert Sakthivel Selvaraj.

According to Planning Commission’s estimate, a countrywide free generic drug programme will cost Rs 28,560 crore dur ..

The National Health Mission two sub-missions – the flagship programme of the previous Congress-led UPA government’s National Rural Health Mission and National Urban Health.

Source : The Economic TImes

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