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Ukraine's PM promises not to close hospitals due to medical reform

Source : 112 Ukraine

The coronacrisis revealed shortcomings of the medical reform
11:42, 30 May 2020

Ukraine's Prime Minister
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The government does not intend to close medical facilities in Ukraine due to the ongoing medical reform. Prime Minister Denys Shmygal stated this on the air of one of the Ukrainian TV channels, as Ukrinform reports.

"We look at every medical institution. Today we are not going to reduce or close medical institutions. We are talking about this with our international partners, who either participated or stood at the origins of the medical reform," he said.

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According to him, the question is what this reform should be about.

This is the second stage, and possibly the third stage. These are questions about the quality of the reform, the quality of tariff calculations, correction of errors that were made in planning the reform. We are doing this now because the coronacrisis has revealed the shortcomings and showed the need very carefully and very carefully approach the reform of the medical industry," the prime minister said.

He noted that there are countries that are mistaken when they choose their way to reform, but he believes that one should not be afraid to admit mistakes when implementing the reform.

Medical reform in Ukraine takes place in several stages. Signing declarations with the family doctor and launching the eHealth system belonged to primary care reform. Changes in specialized hospitals began on April 1 - on this day, secondary care reform began.

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On April 1, hospitals introduced the principle that is already valid for family doctors - "money follows the patient." That is, the financing of the hospital will not depend on the number of places in general, but on the number of patients using its services. Moreover, the payment will depend not on the number of visits of patients, but on the result of treatment.

As we reported before, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will approve a $ 5 billion assistance program for Ukraine at a board meeting on June 5.

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