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$8m For Free Medicine

The Ministry of Health has allocated $8 million for free medicine for low income people from next year. Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate has confirmed it. Mr
13 Nov 2014 09:47
$8m For Free Medicine
The Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate. Photo: Zafiya Shamim

The Ministry of Health has allocated $8 million for free medicine for low income people from next year.

Minister for Health and Medical Services Jone Usamate has confirmed it.

Mr Usamate said this initiative was in line with what the Government had planned.

“We will carry out exactly what we promised in our FijiFirst manifesto and that is to  provide for free, all medicine prescribed by a doctor and currently under price control for all Fijians who earn less than $20,000 a year,” Mr Usamate said.

“This includes medicines for non- communicable diseases and an allocation of $8 million will be provided for this assistance to the low-income individuals.”

He said the mechanics of how this would be done were currently developed by the ministry so it would be effective from next year.

“These provisions are intended to assist those who have the lowest earning capacity in Fiji and at the same time help to improve the health of our people,” he said.

Feedback:  aqela.susu@fijisun.com.fj

 



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