Kazakhstan to regulate prices for medicine in the retail market
To date, there is continuous studying of international experience and development of amendments to the Code On people’s health and the healthcare system. This was reported at the Government press conference by Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov.
The Minister noted that if in public procurement of medicine a system of pricing operates successfully since 2015, then the Ministry has no authority to change prices in the retail market. In connection to this, there are cases where prices for medicine in the retail market are inflated 3-4 times compared with the prices of medicine purchased via budget for the needs of GVFMA.
Only after making amendments to the code On people’s health and the healthcare system the Government will have the authority to regulate the retail segment.
We need to hastily develop an action plan, to jointly with entrepreneurs discuss all nuances. We plan to, by August 2017, develop a relevant draft law and submit it to the Government, � Y. Birtanov stressed.
Just recently the Ministry held a meeting with the working group, which consists of international experts for those countries where this model is successfully implemented.
Y. Birtanov assured that this necessary measure will soon be implemented in Kazakhstan.
Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan