Centralized procurement of drugs to achieve price reduction and benefit the people.

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Li Keqiang, premier of the State Council, presided over an executive meeting of the State Council on April 3 to determine measures to reduce government fees and business service fees this year to further reduce the burden on enterprises and the public. In line with the implementation of the Foreign Investment Law and the need to optimize the business environment, a number of draft legal amendments were adopted. Listen to reports on centralized drug procurement, shortage of drugs and medical assistance, and require more people to benefit from medication and medical treatment.

In order to implement the deployment of the "Government Work Report", the meeting decided to halve the cultural construction fees for enterprises and institutions affiliated to the central government by the end of 2024, and authorized all provinces (autonomous regions and municipalities) to reduce the fees for local enterprises and institutions within 50%. And individuals. At the same time, for the qualified investment in vocational education set up by pilot enterprises integrating production and education, the policy of deducting 30% of the investment amount from the education surcharge payable in the current year and the local education surcharge shall be implemented. The meeting decided to reduce the postal tax rate on luggage and postal items brought into the country by individuals from April 9. Among them, the tax rate for food, medicine and other commodities will be reduced from 15% to 13%.

The meeting stressed the need to further promote the national drug centralized procurement pilot, shortage of drug monitoring response and medical assistance work. First, we should improve the centralized procurement system, strengthen the quality supervision and supply guarantee of winning drugs, and realize the benefit of price reduction. Seriously sum up the pilot experience, timely and comprehensive push. Second, we must ensure the supply of essential drugs, emergency (rush) rescue and other drugs. Improve the monitoring and early warning mechanism, and adopt methods such as strengthening reserves, unified procurement or fixed-point production to ensure the supply of clinically necessary, easily scarce, and poorly substitutable drugs, so as to prevent unreasonable price increases for urgently needed and commonly used drugs. Third, while doing a good job in basic medical security, we should further improve the medical assistance system, implement detailed insurance payment subsidies, direct assistance and other measures, so as to effectively improve the sense of gain of the people in need.