Institutions and Health Minister discuss measures to rationalise expenditure

Health Ministry Andreas Xanthos in a meeting with the representatives of the institutions late on Sunday promised to rationalise public expenditure and monitor the demand for drugs and exams.

The Health Ministry stressed that the targets will be met through the integration of protocols and guidelines in the electronic prescription system, the strengthening of the public sector capacity to meet health needs and the additional support of private providers as well as the centralization of public hospital supplies.

They also discussed the gradual implementation of the new primary health care system based on the guidelines of the World Health Organization and the control of pharmaceutical expenditure through the Health Technology Assessment mechanism, entry criteria to the positive list of innovative medicines, negotiating prices and increased penetration of generics.

During the meeting, the officials confirmed the agreement on the basic reforms in the health sector aiming at the universal, equal and effective care of the citizens.