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E- health program saves Govt Rs 7 bn annually

Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and NCCSL President Asela de Livera launching  the international Health care exhibition web. Picture by Sudath Malaweera
Minister of Health Dr. Rajitha Senaratne and NCCSL President Asela de Livera launching the international Health care exhibition web. Picture by Sudath Malaweera

The Sri Lankan government is saving over Rs 7 billion annually due to the E- health program where over 200 government hospitals have come on- line, said Minister of Health, Nutrition and indigence Medicine Dr. Rajitha Senaratne.

He was speaking at the National Chamber of Commerce (NCCSL) organized international Healthcare exhibition 2019 which will be held from July 12 to 14 at BMICH.

The Minister said that all health reports, prescribed medicine of patients seeking treatment at government hospitals are now computerized and people don’t have to carry reports when seeking treatment.

“We are now in the process of tagging all the medical equipment in government hospitals.”

He also said that the government is spending over Rs. 300 billion for free health care each year.

However the top private hospitals were charging high rates for treatment and this is now being addressed. “I have also observed that nursing homes are now charging high rates and we will soon bring regulations to check this.”

The government is egging the private sector to manufacture pharmaceuticals with tax concessions and buy back guarantees and today there are six local manufactures. “Their supply has given us huge saving as a drug which the government bought for Rs. 91 and 61 and is now purchased locally at Rs. 9 and 6.”

Commenting on the indigenous sector he said that here again the government is supporting the growing of medicinal plants for both local use and export. “We will also provide land tax concession and also buy back guarantees.” He also urged the chamber to woo more entrepreneurs to this segment.

The herbal and the Ayurveda export sector is growing and there is a greater demand from EU, UK USA for local products. Commenting about the exhibition he said that this year both Ayurveda and western medicinal sectors were in the same venue which will have more benefits for both local and foreign exhibitions practicing both types of medicine.


 

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