Medicines program launched by the Gov’t a year ago was aimed at providing vital
medicines for people with asthma, diabetes and cardiovascular disease had a
great positive effect on improving public health. Over 8 million people applied
and benefited from that, said Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr
Groysman during the Government session.
is delivering concrete results. Many
people with chronic illnesses could not allow themselves to buy expensive drugs
before. And we
forged of how to create a program that would satisfy demands of citizens. We made an honest program. Eight
million Ukrainian citizens use the Available Medicines program on daily basis. For
each citizen, the state reimbursed 100%", claimed Volodymyr Groysman.
Due to timely medical assistance 5 -7%
reduction in the number of calls for emergency aid to patients with acute heart
or asthmatic attacks has been observed, the PM told.
According to the
Head of Government, the program should be extended, and in this context the
role of local authorities, as one of the agents of the initiative, is
Medicines program triggered in April 2017 with the sum worth UAH 700 million of
budget funds allocated for these purposes. More
than 6 thousand pharmacies as well as leading pharmaceutical companies of
Ukraine joined the program, with latter registering production growth just due
the operation of the program. The
nomenclature contained 157 medical product names last year. Over a year more
than 15 million recipes were issued and reimbursed for. This
year the program has been expanded in the nomenclature up to 239 names with the
budget increased up to UAH 1 billion.