The healthcare reform launched by the Government changes not only financing principles, but also the quality of service provision. Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman claimed, commenting on the interim results of some reform programs and plans for 2019. The Head of Government stressed that there is an action plan, and it needs to be implemented systematically and consistently.
"If everything that is envisaged by a blueprint plan for medical reform will be put into practice during a period of 3-5 years, thus people will see positive changes in the healthcare system and feel improvements of the quality of medical care provision. It is important to act systematically and consistently. As a result, citizens will have qualified doctors, comfortable medical facilities, and doctors will receive decent wages ", Volodymyr Groysman said.
According to him, medical reform is often being criticized. "Criticism will sink into oblivion soon, but the things we do will remain. If we move forward, people will receive a new quality of assistance," the Head of Government noted.
According to the Ministry of Healthcare of Ukraine, 25 million Ukrainians which is more than half the population of the country have chosen their doctor or pediatrician for a child. The National Health Service of Ukraine, which is a key element in the policy of providing state financial guarantees for medical care of the population, is actively working in this direction. Nowadays, 97% of medical institutions, including private clinics, have signed agreements with the National Health Service of Ukraine. A sum worth UAH 3.5 billion has been allocated for the services rendered.
As the Prime Minister noted, this year’s medical innovations will touch upon several areas at once. "Firstly, starting from April, electronic recipe service will operate under the Available Medicines program. Medicines can be bought at any pharmacy that is works under the said program without being tied to the place of residence and pharmacy location. The money for the medicine will be transferred to a concrete pharmacy. Secondly, starting from the summer medical tests will be free on prescription. Thirdly - emergency medicine reform. We want to get new knowledge of emergency services, new transport and equipment, as well as new salary. Together with local authorities, we will invest about UAH 2 billion in these measures", Volodymyr Groysman said. He explained that at the first stage the emergency medicine reform will be implemented as pilot project, and then this practice will be spread throughout the country.
"Moreover, we will complete the construction of Okhmatdyt Children's Hospital, speed up the construction of cardiology centers-we have equipment for them. The presidential program for the reform of rural medicine will work. This all will be a system of medical care," the Prime Minister underscored.