The Union Health Ministry on 20 June 2013 launched the ambitious schemes called Free Drug Service and Free Diagnostics Service for providing free generic drugs at government health care centres.The schemes were launched under the National Health Mission.
Under the scheme, Public can avail free drugs and free diagnostics services at the government health centres and hospitals after the scheme is initiated.
The free generic drugs scheme was proposed after a 2011 report of the High Level Expert Group. A person's medical expenditure is very high in India and according to an estimate almost 33 per cent people suffer from poverty due to their medical expenditures.
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