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$12m saved

Sanka Price and Lisa King

$12m saved

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GOVERNMENT?HAS?REALIZED a $12 million reduction in Barbados Drug?Service costs without compromising the delivery and quality of health care.
Minister of Health Donville Inniss estimates that on the current trajectory, the ministry should spend about $25 million less this financial year, which ends March 31, than it did the previous year.
He said the savings were as a result of people shifting from using private sector pharmacies to those in the public sector, and a reduction in the number of products available for the treatment of chronic non-communicable diseases on the drug formulary.
Inniss spoke to the DAILY NATION following a Press briefing to launch the National NCD Commission’s National Nutrition Intervention and Improvement Programme to reduce heart disease, stroke and diabetes and salt reduction campaign at the ministry’s Culloden Road office yesterday.
Read the full story in today’s DAILY NATION.