Indian govt to provide free generic medicines in government hospitals

New Delhi/August 25
Indian government on Saturday announced to provide essential medicines free of cost to patients availing treatments in public health facilities across country.
Indian Health & Family Welfare minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said that this step has been taken to provide affordable health care to the people by reducing their out of pocket expenses on medicines.
“The scheme has been approved in the 12th Five Year Plan to promote rational use of medicines and reduce the consumption of inessential medicines. There is an outlay of Rs 16,000 crore for this initiative in the 12th Plan,” Azad said, adding that the initiative is based on the Tamil Nadu model where free medicines procured in bulk by the Tamil Nadu Medical Services Corporation (TNMSC), in generic name, directly from the manufacturers is supplied through an IT enabled supply chain management system to the public.
Azad said that the Central Procurement Agency has already been registered in the name of the Central Medical Services Society and modernization of health centers is the responsibility of the State/UT Governments which is a continuous and ongoing process.