The government’s Pregnancy+ programme, which will guarantee free access to medicines for pregnant women, is to be launched in 2019. The bill, which will introduce the programme, has received a positive opinion of the Social Committee of the Council. The bill is currently pending in the Permanent Committee of the Council of Ministers.
According to Deputy Minister of Health Józef Szczurek-Żelazko, the list of drugs from the special group “C” will be included in the regulation of the Ministry of Health. It is to contain only prescription drugs. The list will include drugs for hypertension, gestational diabetes and pregnancy support. Recommendations for medicines to be included in the list will be made, among others, by national consultants and scientific societies.
Free medicines can be prescribed by both gynaecologist-obstetrician and public health care physician.
In 2019, the government will allocate PLN 20 million for the programme, according to preliminary estimates.
Let us remind you that Pregnancy+ is another free medicine program introduced in recent years. In September 2016, a similar project for seniors came into force – Druki 75+. The list of medicines for seniors includes mainly medicines used in cardiovascular diseases. In 2018, the Ministry of Health’s expenditure on reimbursement of medicines under this programme was to amount to over PLN 600 million.