Rada passes medical reform bill
The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted the bill on state financial guarantees for the provision of medical services and medicines (No. 6327).
A total of 240 lawmakers voted for this decision at a plenary session on Thursday, an Interfax-Ukraine correspondent has reported.
The program of state guarantees stipulated by the bill will determine the list and scope of medical services and medicines, payment for which will be guaranteed by the state at the expense of the national budget.
Under the medical reform, the program will be developed by the Health Ministry in coordination with the Finance Ministry. And it will be approved by the Verkhovna Rada as part of the Law on the State Budget for the corresponding year.
According to the adopted bill, at least 5% of the GDP will be envisaged in the state budget for the implementation of programs of medical guarantees. Expenses for the program will be protected items of budget expenditures.