September 22, 3:23 pm
The Ministry of Health has started drafting a law on free distribution of medicines
The Russian Ministry of Health is preparing a project under which patients will be able to receive essential medicines prescribed by a doctor for free or at a significant discount. This was reported by the Rossiyskaya Gazeta with a call to the head of the department Veronica Skvortsova.
Currently, only users can receive free medicines: people with disabilities, children under the age of three, and people with certain illnesses (for example, diabetes). Thanks to the new system, which could go into effect in 2020, other Russians who need long-term treatment will be able to sign up for free drugs or a substantial discount.
Skvortsova noted that Russians should not immediately wait for full reimbursement of medication costs for all types of diseases for all citizens. The head of the Ministry of Health reported that a pilot experiment was conducted in Omsk in which patients who underwent expensive cardiovascular surgery were given the necessary medication. A similar experiment was conducted in Kirov, where the drugs were administered as a preventative measure to hypertensive patients. In both cases it was possible to reduce cardiovascular mortality.
The head of the health ministry said the agency was considering other options for implementing the project, including free distribution of medicines to children under the age of 14 or until they reached the age of majority.