Danish government expedites medicinal cannabis subsidy

1. januar kan patienter få en recept på medicinsk cannabis. Patienterne havde udsigt til, at de selv skulle betale det fulde beløb, men en pulje i finansloven sikrer, at egenbetalingen bliver mindre end forventet. RB PLUS 15-12-2017. /ritzau/In this Tuesday, March 28, 2017 photo, Meagan Holt holds a vial of cannabis oil she uses to comforts her daughter Maddie, Tuesday, March 28, 2017, after they attended a hearing at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., for House Bill 1060, which would allow parents or guardians to administer medical marijuana to children while at school or on a school bus. Maddie has a terminal genetic disease called Zellweger Syndrome, and used to have hour-long seizures, but Holt says that Maddie has found relief after treatment with cannabis oil and other pharmaceuticals. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
An unrelated file photo showing a vial of medicinal cannabis. Photo: AP Photo/Ted S. Warren/Ritzau Scanpix
Terminally ill patients who use medicinal cannabis to reduce pain symptoms will receive subsidies covering the full cost of their medicine from this month.

The new rule comes into effect earlier than expected, with the government and Danish People’s Party having passed a bill in March this year to establish the subsidy provision from January 1st 2019.

But the measure will apply from this month, the Ministry of Health said in a press statement on Monday.

“For patients who are dying and can benefit from medicinal cannabis towards the end of their time, we will now make sure they can receive the subsidy for the whole of 2018, applying the rule retroactively,” Minister for Health Ellen Trane Nørby said.

A pilot scheme trialling medicinal cannabis was approved by lawmakers last year and came into effect on January 1st.

Liselott Blixt, health policy spokesperson with the Danish People’s Party, praised the decision to expedite the subsidy provision.

“I am pleased to see that we are ensuring people in the last phase of their illnesses and who benefit from medicinal cannabis will not have to think about the price or whether they can get the money back later,” Blixt said.

The Danish Medicines Agency (Lægemiddelstyrelsen) will administrate the subsidies given to patients.


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