The crisis in access to essential medicines in India: key issues which call for action

Anurag Bhargava, SP Kalantri

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2013.028


Abstract

The government is planning to introduce free generic and essential medicines in public health facilities. Most people in India buy healthcare from the private sector, a compulsion that accounts for a high proportion of healthcare-related expenditure. To reduce the burden of healthcare costs, the government must improve availability and affordability of generic and essential medicines in the market. It can do so because India’s large pharmaceutical industry is a major source of generic medicines worldwide.

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