KOCHI: A case has been filed against a medical shop at Keecheri, Kanjiramattom, for not providing medicines free of cost under the state government’s Arogyakiranam scheme.
Arogyakiranam is a project offering free treatment for all below 18 years of age in the state and for this, private medical shops have been included to provide medicines free of cost when the same is unavailable in government hospitals. The medicine cost would then be directly reimbursed by the respective hospitals.
Recently, Ernakulam drugs intelligence section received a complaint that Meera Medicals refused to give medicines free of cost under the scheme. The medicine was prescribed to a little girl from the Community Health Centre at Kanjiramattom.
During investigation, it was found that though they had stock of the prescribed medicine, they refused to give it.
“We have come to know that the medical shop not only refused to give the prescribed medicines, but also submitted bills to the government hospital claiming reimbursement,” the officials said