Government approves package of documents for healthcare reform
Ukraine's Cabinet of Ministers at a meeting on Wednesday approved a concept for reforming the healthcare system proposed by the profile ministry.
The government approved several draft documents, including amendments to the provisions on the public register of medicines, amendments to the procedure for creating, considering and approving the key requirements to the implementation of the budget-funded institutions' cost sheets and a decision to distribute the reserve of medical subvention funds from the national budget to local budgets in 2016.
"It is not a secret that the healthcare system is in a comatose condition. Recent attempts to reform it were a step to destroy the healthcare system. Today healthcare reform is a top priority," Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said.
He said that reform should be conducted jointly with parliament and local self-government agencies.
"Our task is to support the initiative of the Health Ministry's team. It is hard to work in the conditions of total pressure from all sides. The decisions passed are a first step," he said.
In turn, Head of the health committee of the Verkhovna Rada Olha Bohomolets said that the committee backs the vector presented by the government and Health Ministry, but the committee has doubts in success of the reform without approving bills Nos. 4456 and 4457 drawn up by the committee.
She said that for reforming the healthcare system at the primary level European treatment standards should be introduced, as it is impossible to calculate the cost of medical services without them. Bohomolets also said that personal licensing of doctors synchronously with making clinics autonomous should be carried out.