The reform of the healthcare system pursued by the Government of Ukraine continues, and it yeilds initial results: the philosophy of the organization of work of the branch, the principles of financing, and the motivation for doctors are changing. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman during an All-Ukrainian Meeting on the Transformation of the Healthcare System, which takes place in Vinnytsia.
The city and the region are now among the leaders of change. Before the meeting, the Head of Government visited an ordinary family clinic in Vinnytsia, one of the first establishments to sign cooperation agreements with the National Health Service of Ukraine. The doctors of this outpatient clinic have already concluded almost 32,000 declarations with patients, and this has become a key factor in increasing their wages - up to UAH 14,500 on average. In addition, the clinic obtained an opportunity to finance the purchase of the necessary equipment, medicines.
When appealing to the physicians participating in the all-Ukrainian meeting, Volodymyr Groysman noted that hospitals could be lucrative and therefore provide the highest quality medical services.
"The quality of healthcare services needs to improve. The working conditions and wages of doctors should improve as well", said Volodymyr Groysman.
The PM reminded that in the draft budget for 2019, financing of the healthcare industry has increased by UAH 15 billion as compared to 2018. The money will be directed to prolong the reform at the primary level, transition to diagnostics funded according to the new principles, transforming in the emergency medicine and further building up a network of cardiac centers. In this regard, the Head of Government reminded that the timely adoption of the budget will allow smooth and timely implementation of all plans.
Meanshile, Volodymyr Groysman noted, it is crucial to adopt and introduce strategic decisions not only at the central level but at the local level as well.
"The hospitals are owned by territorial communities nowadays. And they have all the tools to create normal conditions in hospitals. I urge local authorities to invest in the quality of healthcare services", stressed Volodymyr Groysman. "We are pursuing decentralization in order to provide a new quality of life for people. And healthcare domain is the topmost priority here."