New steps outlined by the Well being Ministry will make it simpler for shoppers of medical cannabis to entry their drugs, in line with a ministry assertion on Thursday.
“We’re attentive to criticism and to bettering with a purpose to ease the struggling of sufferers,” Deputy Well being Minister Ya’acov Litzman mentioned. “We are going to proceed to advertise additional actions on the matter.”
A part of the ministry’s plan is to oversee the pricing of cannabis to maintain it below management. The supervision will happen below the authority and approval of a worth committee, which is able to include representatives from the ministries of finance and financial system.
“A big proportion of the sufferers can pay lower than what they presently pay within the previous system,” the ministry wrote in a press release. A set fee for pediatric sufferers and oncology sufferers will likely be set at round NIS 500, which is able to cowl their cannabis drugs whatever the quantity that they use.
The ministry additionally hopes to ascertain a most worth for public physician visits, which occur for the aim of achieving a license to make use of medical cannabis, to between NIS 279 and 283. This alteration is topic to approval of the ministries of finance and financial system.
Though the ministry launched new tips concerning licensing in April, it introduced that sufferers holding previous licenses would nonetheless have the ability to profit from the brand new system. Till January 2020, pediatric sufferers and sufferers with autism will have the ability to select whether or not to comply with the previous system or the brand new one.
Underneath the brand new system, “prescription splits” will likely be allowed, which means that sufferers will have the ability to buy a part of their prescription at one pharmacy and half at one other.
Harry Rubinstein, who has used cannabis up to now to deal with his continual ache from Ankylosing spondylitis, is skeptical that the brand new system will really make it simpler for sufferers to entry medical cannabis.
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