New Delhi, June 22 -- As part of his solution to reduce the cost of healthcare for citizens, Bollywood star Aamir Khan presented two simple prescriptions before a parliamentary committee. First, make doctors prescribe generic medicines instead of brands and, second, set up a regulator to ensure that big pharmaceutical companies monopolise the medicine market.
Khan and his team were invited on Thursday by the parliamentary standing committee on commerce, headed by BJP MP Shanta Kumar, to make a presentation. The actor cited several "unethical" medical practices being promoted by pharmaceutical companies to increase their sales margin. One of the solutions was to make doctors prescribe generic medicines, letting consumers decide which brand to opt for, a standing committee member said.
He also suggested government intervention, as is the case in Tamil Nadu, to lower medical expenses for rural masses.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.