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How to Benefit from Government’s Free Medicines Programme: Akbar

Government’s Free Medicine Programme (FMP) is reaching out and benefiting around 24,317 registered Fijians. This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar while updating Parliament
16 Feb 2017 11:00
How to Benefit from Government’s Free Medicines Programme: Akbar
Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar

Government’s Free Medicine Programme (FMP) is reaching out and benefiting around 24,317 registered Fijians.

This was highlighted by the Minister for Health and Medical Services, Rosy Akbar while updating Parliament last week on the FMP.

It was introduced in 2015 with a budget allocation $8 million to provide access to 72 medicines that were under price control.

In 2016 the Government added another 70 medicines to the programme, bringing the medicine list to a total of 142, and at the same time increased the budget allocation to $10 million.

Those arrangements are being maintained in the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

Ms Akbar said: “There are four medicines out of the 142 covered within the programme which can only be supplied by the major hospitals because they are to be prescribed by a consultant and given by injection which can only take place in a divisional hospital (Enoxaparin, Vitamin B12, surfactant, alteplase).

“The registration process for individuals who want to access the program involves filling in a registration form that is available at all government health facilities.

“The completed forms are then processed and details are validated before the Free Medicine Programme Card is issued by the ministry’s central office.

“It also includes anyone who is covered by the Department of Social Welfare’s Poverty Benefit Scheme program, the Care and Protection Allowance or the Social Pension Scheme. These recipients do not need to register again as they by default fall into the category of earning less than $20,000 per annum.”

Eligible individuals must have a prescription that has been issued by a registered doctor before they can obtain medicines under the programme.



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