14:26 20.10.2017

Health reform does not envisage co-payment for medical services

Health reform does not envisage co-payment for medical services

The health reform bill on state financial guarantees for the provision of medical services and medicines (No. 6327), which was approved on October 19, does not provide for co-payment for medical services, Deputy Health Minister Pavlo Kovtoniuk has said.

"There is no system of co-payment in the voted bill. The rule will be the following - if the state guarantees payment for the service, then it pays for it in full," he said.

Kovtoniuk noted that the state would pay for all medical services, except those that will be annually determined by the Cabinet of Ministers within the budget process.

"There will be services that a person receives without referral of a doctor if he wants to seek medical services himself, if he himself determined such a necessity. There will be, for example, not critical services, planned dentistry, which is now private. The Cabinet of Ministers will prepare this package," he said.

Kovtoniuk said that the first program of medical guarantees - the first package of guaranteed services – would be drafted in 2019 for 2020.

"It will have all kinds of services that are fully covered by the state, and it will have a negative list. We will learn it in 2019," he said.

As reported, on October 19, the Verkhovna Rada supported at second reading and as a whole the bill on state financial guarantees for the provision of medical services and medicines (No. 6327), which launches medical reform.

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