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Govt mulls plan for free essential drugs to all

A proposal to provide essential drugs free of cost to all patients is under government’s consideration in an effort to bring down out of pocket expenditure of an individual on health care, which is presently a whopping 86 percent.

Quoting a WHO report, Health Minister J P Nadda told Rajya Sabha that out of pocket spending as part of private expenditure on health care is 86.3 per cent in India compared to 22 percent in the US and 57 percent in the UK.

The reason for high expenses in India is attributed to low government expenditure on health and the
poor having limited access to essential drugs and diagnostics in public health services.
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