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No free treatment for ailments related to alcohol and smoking

Jan 2, 2011 2:38:34 AM - itnnews.lk

The Health Ministry will implement its proposal to charge patients receiving treatment for ailments related to the consumption of alcohol and smoking from this year.

The Ministry states that in the event a doctor concludes that a patient’s illness had been caused due to either smoking or consuming alcohol, he would be charged for the treatment received. Ministry statistics have revealed that almost 90 percent of the non contagious diseases being treated at state hospitals are due to consumption of liquor, smoking, or drug abuse.