Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman announced
during a strategic interdepartmental forum "Medical Reform: Funding, Management, Primary Medical Care"
on Thursday the Government would launch shortly a comprehensive reform in the
healthcare sector of Ukraine and would table proposals soon.
"We should see the situation in healthcare as a
challenge to which we must respond effectively and adequately. The Government
is ready to take appropriate decisions. We are planning in the near future, following
the discussions, to come out with proposals for introduction of the healthcare reform
in our country," said Volodymyr
In the framework of changing the health system it is viewed
as necessary, in particular, to prepare and introduce insurance medicine, to
restore a scheme in which funds for a medical service "follow the patient"
who wishes to access this particular service, noted the Prime Minister. Among
other important measures are the creation of hospital districts and a reform of
to him, the work of medical personnel needs objective assessment. "We must
clearly understand that the one who provides qualified medical assistance must
receive relevant wage," urged Volodymyr Groysman.
In this regard
the Prime Minister stressed that the proposals for reform models should be publicly
discussed and enjoy consensus inside the society - then they will be adopted
fast and launched.
healthcare reform is complicated and requires a consolidated decision not only on
the part of authorities, but also among experts, with having support of the
Ukrainian Parliament. It is vital for us to do our utmost and find the system
that will enable us to solve urgent problems of Ukrainian citizens,” said Volodymyr
Groysman. “From legislative initiatives to introduction – everyone will
understand what needs to be done in order to improve the quality of medical
The Head of
Government called on members of local authorities, experts and the Parliament
to unite and realize the need to change the healthcare system. "Then the reform
having been much talked about will become a reality," he said.
got enough people who died at a young age just because we don’t have prevention
measures, available drugs, high-quality equipment. It’s
enough to make doctors suffer from extremely poor conditions, inappropriate labor
remuneration and other things. We are not the first ones to do it, but we can
be the first ones to bring in a successful reform in our country".
Minister emphasized: "For the Government, for me personally the retrofitting
of the healthcare system is among the topmost priorities."
initial decisions of the Government backed by the Parliament there were adopted
legislative measures called to simplify the registration of medicines produced
in the EU, the U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Switzerland, Australia to be sold in
Ukraine’s market, he reminded.
Government endorsed a resolution on introduction of reference pricing and a reimbursement
mechanism for drugs to cure cardiovascular disease, diabetes type II and
bronchial asthma that would come in effect from January 1, 2017, thereby
enabling to fix fair prices for medicines in Ukraine.
addition, the Cabinet of Ministers resumed the construction of a new
medical and diagnostic ward of the national children's specialized hospital Okhmatdyt and spares no effort to ensure the activities be finalized according to
draft Budget for 2017, the Government increased the resource for the
centralized procurement of medicines by UAH 2 billion to meet the needs of
citizens, envisaged UAH 150 million to support the establishment of cardiovascular
surgery centers in cities across the country and the purchase of necessary
There was also
planned the rise of salaries for doctors by 20%. Given a twofold increase in
the minimum wage rate in 2017, on average healthcare sector’s employees will earn
by 30% more, said the Head of Government.
Minister stressed that the healthcare system in Ukraine is in a terrible state.
"It fails to meet the demands of both people working with the system and
those seeking for medical aid".
we should take a joint decision regarding changes in the entire system, thereby
aligning it with the needs of our state and, most importantly, making it
respond properly to the challenges our society has been facing. Among the
essential criteria are health and lives of Ukrainian citizens", highlighted