The Czech Republic Ministry of Health submitted an amendment to the Act on Addictive Substances for interdepartmental comment procedure. The amendment introduces completely new conditions to issue licenses to grow cannabis plants for medical use. The goal is to increase the number of cultivators and increase availability of cannabis for medical use, while at the same time reducing its price for Czech patients through commercial competition.
“We want more access to cannabis treatment to help patients who are no longer taking normal medications to treat chronic pain. Therefore, we decided to change the existing system and open the possibility of growing more subjects. For the first time, we will also open the possibility of exporting medical cannabis, which will reduce its price on the Czech market. In addition, as of 1 January next year, patients will receive 90% reimbursement for medical cannabis. Newly, the supplement will be only a few hundred, as with other drugs for chronic diseases. Patients who have so far had to pay high amounts for medical cannabis and have been very burdensome for them will be greatly relieved, ” said Minister of Health Adam Vojtěch.
Medical Cannabis coverage is a significant step forward to reduce barriers to access for patients.