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Enhancing Access to Affordable Medicines
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Source: southasiarev.wordpress.com
Source: southasiarev.wordpress.com
To improve the healthcare system in Chittorgarh, the district administration conceptualised a simple yet effective programme to introduce low cost drugs to the people.

The Eleventh Five Year Plan recognises access to good quality, low cost medicines as a priority policy concern. In India, at least three-fourths of the total out-of-pocket expenditure is spent on buying essential medicines. The problem becomes more significant because of marketing techniques practiced by pharmaceutical companies, especially towards influencing doctors to prescribe branded medicines. To change this trend, the Chittorgarh administration took the initiative to make medicines more easily accessible.

The programme exploits existing resources to make the system function in favour of the people. The following three steps summarise the process of implemention: a) strictly executing state government orders to prescribe the drugs under salt name, b) procuring good quality medicines for the government co-ops and c) generating awareness among consumers.

The Chittorgarh model has proved constructive in improving the public healthcare system. Overall, the cost of medicines has decreased significantly. There is also increased accessibility to medicines as the government has established additional low cost drug shops and government co-op medical shops.

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Enhancing Access to Affordable Medicines
medicines too have become basic neccesity today and it is really required to make it more accessible. Good effort
Posted By : Vipin Pant on 24 February 2012