Number of medicines for treating chronic diseases to increase to 100 and be sold at a symbolic price

Number of medicines for treating chronic diseases to increase to 100 and be sold at a symbolic price

access_time2019-08-26 13:20:19

According to  Akaki Zoidze, the Chairman of the Parliamentary Committee on Health and Social Affairs, the number of medicines for treating chronic diseases and sold at a symbolic price will increase in the near future:

“We should  qualitatively change the list of chronic diseases. Today, chronic patients spend $ 726 million on medications annually. Medications are hiking in price every month, at least faster than inflation that creates problems. The number of medicines available to the socially vulnerable groups, people with disabilities, veterans, retirees and other groups should be increased to about 100 at a symbolic price. The rest of the population is at least half the price. The initiative was announced by the  government and now we are working on the project. This issue will be put on the agenda at the autumn parliamentary session and in the nearest future will come into force.”

Note: According to the government decision made in early August, 35 types of medicines for treating  chronic diseases are currently sold at 1 GEL.


"35 Medicines for 1 GEL" program  is designed for patients with cardiovascular, thyroid, lung, diabetes, epilepsy and Parkinson's diseases.


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