Hospital patients in Thailand will be able to receive prescribed medication at drugstores as of October 1st. Including gold card holders Public Health Anutin Charnveerakul said yesterday.
The new measure aims to tackle overcrowding at hospital pharmacies. Initially, 50 hospitals and 500 drug stores will participate in the campaign.
Mr. Anutin, said the board of the National Health Security Office (NHSO) also approved to include gold card holders. Under the Healthcare Coverage scheme gold card holders can also receive medication at hospitals or at drugstores.
Patients, who are allowed to buy medication outside hospitals are those who suffer from chronic diseases. They also have to be in stable condition.
Gold card holders, who have diabetes, hypertension, asthma or mental illnesses, are qualified to receive medicines under the program, he told TNA.
About two million patients of these four diseases will receive medicines from drugstores near their homes this year.