New Delhi: To provide affordable healthcare, the government has proposed free supply of essential medicines in public health facilities, union Minister of Health and Family Welfare Ghulam Nabi Azad said Wednesday.The minister said this would reduce out-of-pocket expenses on medicines.Essential medicines are those that satisfy priority healthcare needs of the population. They are selected with due regard to public health relevance, evidence on efficacy and safety, and comparative cost-effectiveness."This initiative will promote rational use of medicines and reduce the consumption of inessential, unscientific and hazardous medicines," said an official statement quoting Azad, who was speaking in the Netherlands Wednesday at a conference on "Responsible Use of Medicines".
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