Thursday 25 April, 2019

Big changes announced for CDAP

Cabinet has agreed to several changes to the Chronic Disease Assistance Programme (CDAP) which is expected to boost the overall performance and management of the Programme.

The Ministry of Health said it has taken note of challenges encountered in the past in accessing the Programme.

Patients who access their drugs through this programme are assured of an improved experience, once these changes are fully implemented.

A reduction in the CDAP dispensing fee paid to pharmacies to $8.00 per item, with effect from July 1, is expected to generate a cost savings of approximately $5 million per year.

Another key modification to the Programme will see pharmacies re-stocked with CDAP drugs monthly, as opposed to the previous re-stocking schedule of every two months.

This is expected to increase the availability of drugs to customers.

Meanwhile, savings from the reduction in the dispensation fee will allow for the purchase of additional drugs and medical supplies, which will also cover the cost of the increase in the frequency of deliveries to pharmacies.

Private pharmacies wishing to be included in the CDAP network of over 275 pharmacies will have to pay a one-time set up cost, which is estimated at $68,000. The cost was previously borne by the public health system.

Recurrent costs for the programme including the delivery of pharmaceutical supplies, internet access required by pharmacies operating within the programme) will continue to be met by the Ministry, and by extension, the taxpayers.

The CDAP Steering Committee will be re-established and an independent entity will be engaged to assess CDAP, as a means of ensuring the optimum management of the Programme.

These changes, the Ministry said, are expected to have a direct and tangible positive impact on the customer experience within a short timeframe. 


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