In the framework of the working visit to Khmelnytsky
region Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman paid a visit to the
renovated maternity ward of the central district hospital in the town of Starokonstiantyniv.
"This is a vivid example of power decentralization,"
said the Prime Minister, speaking about the maternity ward. In 2016, there took
place major repairs of the hospital building for subventions from the state
budget intended for the development of certain territories to the tune of UAH
"We handed over a lot of resources to local governments
– to budgets of cities, regions, areas. There are funds there that can be
directed to improve the quality of health care as well," said the Head of
In particular, in 2016 the sum over UAH 44 billion was
directed to fill local budgets. This year these budgets will grow by another
"This is a substantial resource. Local budgets have the
money. If you display a wisely approach, you can buy necessary equipment, and
refurbish wards, and even a new hospital," urged Volodymyr Groysman.
The Prime Minister met with the staff of the ward. He told
about the steps taken by the Government aimed to change the health care system.
Namely, the Cabinet of Ministers decided to encourage lowering
prices for drugs in Ukraine and deregulation of the pharmaceutical market.
Apart from that, the Government also introduced a system of
reference pricing that comes in effect from 1 April. In addition, a procedure
of reimbursement for drugs to cure cardiovascular diseases, diabetes type II
and bronchial asthma was launched.
The Government is committed to prolong public procurement of
medicines through international organizations that has already enabled savings
of up to USD 3 million of the budget. For these
purposes there was planned in 2017 an increased amount totalling UAH 5.9
Moreover, there was envisaged the sum worth UAH 150 million
for the establishment of centers of cardiovascular
surgery across the country.
The Government has set a number of objectives for 2017, in
particular to finalize the construction and open a new building of the National Children's
The Prime Minister assured the Government is poised for
changes in the system of financing the medical sector. "We want to make
the system of financing salaries of doctors stimulating. The better doctor
works, the more clients he has, the larger is his salary,” Volodymyr Groysman
explained and added it is vital to finance high quality healthcare service
containing doctor’s wage in its structure – so the philosophy will be changed.
The Government is looking forward to the adoption of the law
on compulsory health insurance, said the Prime Minister. He accentuated the current
state of affairs in the healthcare sector is dismal, therefore change is vital