Discussion over the work of the Ministry of Health should be
aimed at eradicating corruption from the healthcare system, instead of returning
old schemes to the Ministry and the health sector. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr
Groysman said on opening a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday.
"Today there is a lot of talk surrounding the activities
of the Ministry of Health. In these discussions, I have the utmost faith, we
must find mutual understanding, which will make physicians feel their work is
important while patients who go to hospitals see that the situation with
provision in hospitals have improved, that the system has changed and it is
friendly to patient, instead of trying through debate to return the Ministry of
Health to the past, in which only corruption and greed reigned. As the Prime
Minister of the country and person, I cannot tolerate it. I won’t tolerate returning old schemes into the
health system", said the Head of Government.
Minister stressed that the new team of the Ministry of Health headed by the
acting Minister Uliana Suprun is honest and uncorrupted. "It gives all of
us a chance to take the system out of the situation in which it used to be
traditionally", said the PM.
someone was fighting for the Ministry of Health, they fought not for the
healthcare but for the control over flows of money in the health system:
procurement of drugs through intermediary private companies in Ukraine, through
the purchase of equipment from intermediary private companies, through
mechanisms of distribution, what to give to whom and what not", he said.
result, the country lacks a high-quality system of prevention of diseases, while
Ukrainians get sick more often and their lifespan is shorter than that of citizens
of neighboring EU countries.
policy in the health protection area, zero tolerance to corruption, will enable
to lead the healthcare system out of the state of coma in which it has been for
many years. Therefore, our essential objective is to overcome any corruption
schemes in this sphere", stressed the Head of Government.
context, Volodymyr Groysman expressed his conviction that introduction by the
previous Government in 2015 of the system of procurement of medicines through
international organizations had been a completely justified and non-corrupt measure.
challenge for us is to purchase medicines of higher quality and at lower cost,
to increase their quantity and to deliver these to hospitals in order to help each
Ukrainian citizen who needs treatment", he accentuated. If we leave the
old corrupt system of procurement of drugs, 20-30% of the funds would be
disseminated among corrupt officials and dealers who were involved into this
pharmaceutical distribution matters, explained the Head of Government.
Minister called on everyone who concerns about the health care system to unite in
order to achieve results in reforming this sector and overcoming corruption in it.
to Volodymyr Groysman, those who criticize the Government’s activities possibly
have good intentions. In this context, the Prime Minister urged the Ministry of
Health to communicate with these people and find agreement regarding existing
that the Government had set itself a number of objectives for 2017 in the field
want to achieve in Ukraine fair drug prices. It is the task for the Ministry of
Health. Second position: I want to ensure that from 1 April 2017, people with
chronic illnesses, who need consistent support in medications, would get the needed
medicine for free. We have planned such a resource, and this mechanism will be
launched from 1 April 2017", said Volodymyr Groysman.
that, the sum worth UAH 150 million was budgeted for the establishment of centers
of cardiovascular surgery across the country.
summer of 2017 there will be completed and opened a new building of the National
Children's Hospital OKHMATDYT.
Among the targets
for the current year is to ensure payment of salaries to medical workers that
was upped by 30%, and open purchase of drugs from international organizations
that gives the opportunity to buy drugs avoiding mediation from producers at fair
addition, Ukraine needs a system of national health insurance, assures the
The Head of
Government accentuated it is vital to move ahead focusing on the outlined
directions of activities.