The next year, a total of a record UAH 163 billion has been allocated for medicine in the State Budget. This makes up 41% more than the resource of 2020. This was stated by Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal on air of Savik Shuster's Svoboda Slova (Freedom of Speech – ed.) program on December 18.
According to the Head of Government, the coronavirus crisis has exposed problems in the medical field, the attention to which was lacking before. Now, he said, COVID-19 had shown the value of doctors and the importance of the medical system.
"You can draw an analogy with 2014 when everyone remembered that we needed to have a strong army. Nowadays, the coronavirus pandemic shows us that we need to have a strong domestic healthcare sector and doctors. Today it is time to recognize that doctors and the medical system are a critical necessity," emphasized Denys Shmyhal.
That is why, as the Prime Minister noted, next year there will remain in place a surcharge of 300% for doctors who are struggling with COVID-19. In addition, the average salary of all medical staff will increase by UAH 2,000 – 2,500.
"We have a plan to gradually increase the expenses for the medical sector until 2023, so that, as stipulated by law, the expenditures for the healthcare amount to 5% of GDP. That will make it possible to reach the level of European remuneration for doctors. This plan will be adhered to, and we will exert every effort to ensure its implementation as soon as possible," the Prime Minister stressed.
Denys Shmyhal stressed that the State Budget for next year provides for an increase in salaries for doctors, funds for counteraction and treatment of COVID-19 and the purchase of vaccines.
"A special fund has been set up to purchase vaccines, which will be replenished starting this year. And will be filled in the following year. All the funds that can be raised will be directed to the medical system," said the Prime Minister.