Gov’t to en­gage pri­vate phar­ma­cies to ease long wait for med­i­ca­tion

Jamaica Gleaner - - SOMETHING EXTRA -

The Gov­ern­ment is im­ple­ment­ing a pol­icy to ease the long wait at pub­lic phar­ma­cies by con­tract­ing pri­vate en­ti­ties for the dis­pens­ing of drugs to per­sons who ob­tain pre­scrip­tions from state-run fa­cil­i­ties.

Min­is­ter of Health Dr Christo­pher Tufton said start­ing next month, the Na­tional Health Fund (NHF), will be en­gag­ing pri­vate phar­ma­cies, through a pi­lot project, where a per­son, hav­ing vis­ited a hos­pi­tal or clinic and re­ceived a pre­scrip­tion, will not have to wait long to col­lect his or her med­i­ca­tion.

Tufton, who was ad­dress­ing the open­ing of a Drug Serv Pharmacy at the Kit­son Town Health Cen­tre in St Catherine last Wed­nes­day, said due to the long wait to get drugs through the pub­lic sys­tem, some per­sons do not treat their ill­nesses.

“Des­ig­nated phar­ma­cies con­tracted to pro­vide the ser­vice will give per­sons choices. You will have more dis­tri­bu­tion points, and that is im­por­tant, be­cause when some­one is sick and wants so­lu­tion, they shouldn’t have to wait four and five hours in the sun to get drugs,” the min­is­ter told the au­di­ence.

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