IN EUROPE, WHO WILL PAY FOR YOUR MEDICAL CANNABIS?
Medical cannabis distributed via European Healthcare systems can be expensive. The result of these high costs is that many patients either grow their own or procure from the black market. Thankfully, in some European countries, the attitudes towards covering the cost of medical cannabis is changing. Due to increased investment, research, education and regulatory cooperation, analysts expect the European medical market to become one of the largest in the world. Here’s the situation in a few European countries that have medical cannabis programmes. Czechia Medical cannabis has been available in Czechia (formally the Czech Republic) since 2013. The Ministry of Health announced that patients will be refunded 90% of costs of up to 30 grams per month via health insurance companies. This will come into effect in January 2020. Medical cannabis is capped at around 7 euros per gram. According to research from ICCI, in June 2019, there were officially 670 medical cannabis patients and over 100 doctors with a licence to prescribe. Only those suffering chronic pain are able to access medical cannabis Czechia. Germany Germany legalised medical cannabis in March 2017. Since then, prescriptions have been rising rapidly: from March to December 2017, 27,000 prescriptions were processed. In 2018, this number jumped to 95,000. Medical cannabis in Germany is expensive compared to some other European countries (€20-€24 per gram). According to research by Prohibition Partners the approval rate of the top three insurers (AOK, TK, and Barmer) is around 60% for medical cannabis patient applications. For patients without health insurance cover, medical cannabis in Germany can cost up to €2,400 per month, at the legally prescribed maximum quantity of 100 grams. Italy Italian doctors have been able to prescribe medical cannabis since 1990. It was not until 2007 that imports of cannabis products from the Netherlands began. In…
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