President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has signed a decree according to which the Feofania State Hospital, which had previously been available only to Ukrainian civil servants, MPs or employees of the diplomatic corps of foreign countries, became available to all Ukrainians.
This step is very significant in the process of reforming the health care system in Ukraine, since, as noted by the Ministry of Health, every Ukrainian has the right to freely choose the institution in which he will be treated.
Feofania: a crony hospital
The Feofania Clinical Hospital was commissioned on February 9, 1965. In Soviet times, the hospital served the highest nomenclature of the Communist Party of Ukraine, the Council of Ministers of the Ukrainian SSR, top leaders of the state, Heroes of the Soviet Union, Heroes of socialist labor.
With Ukraine gaining independence in 1991, nothing really changed. Now, in Feofania, as a rule, state officials of Ukraine, employees of the diplomatic corps of more than 130 foreign countries and responsible international organizations, as well as citizens who have special merits to Ukraine, under conditions of peaceful, state of emergency and martial law, underwent treatment and examinations.
During the treatment of senior statesmen, all-comprehensive conditions are created for them (including the provision of specialized highly protected communications and the Internet) for the full implementation of the appropriate constitutional powers for the operational management of the state, including in a state of emergency or martial law, for which the hospital has all the necessary infrastructure.
In 2002, the hospital was subordinated to the State Administration of Affairs.
The authorities promised to make Feofania available to the public several times, but so far the list of categories of people who could be treated in this medical facility has been gradually expanded.
May 29, 2014, the Verkhovna Rada adopted a resolution according to which servicemen who were injured during the Donbas war have the right to free medical care in Feofania. In 2015, the right to rehabilitation and treatment in a hospital was given to people who were injured during Euromaidan.
Later, people released from the captivity of Donbas militants, as well as former Ukrainian political prisoners who were held in Russia, were examined and treated.
The Ministry of Health reported that on June 19 of the current year, the budget committee of the 8th convocation of the Verkhovna Rada supported the majority of the bill, which excludes medical institutions that are subordinate to the State Administration of Affairs and the National Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine from the process of transforming the healthcare system. The authors of the bill defended the position that departmental institutions should live according to the old principles and, in fact, remain institutions "for their own."
Moreover, the position of the Ministry of Health was the opposite: as a result of the transformation of the healthcare system in Ukraine, a single medical space should be created. Every Ukrainian has the right to freely choose the institution in which he will be treated, and healthy competition for the patient should form in the country.
January 14, 2020, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree according to which all citizens of Ukraine can be treated at the Feofania State Hospital. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the State Department of Affairs within three months should take measures to ensure access for citizens to diagnosis and treatment, medical care in this clinical hospital.
The hospital has diagnostic centers and 30 medical departments, which provide round-the-clock medical care.
Diagnostic departments at Feofania include functional diagnostics and ultrasound diagnostics of the heart and blood vessels; diagnostic and interventional endoscopy; a center for ultrasound diagnostics and Interventional sonography; department of radioisotope diagnostics; a center for radiation diagnostics (MRI, CT, X-ray); polysomnography is a sleep laboratory.
center for pulmonology, allergology and clinical Immunology (assistance to patients with respiratory diseases);
stroke center (treatment of cerebrovascular accidents. Interventional neuroradiology. Intensive care for patients with an acute cerebrovascular accident, craniocerebral trauma, diseases of the central nervous system);
pain center (assistance to patients with acute and chronic pain to improve the quality of life of patients suffering from the pain of various origins);
center for nephrology and ambulatory dialysis (assistance to patients with kidney diseases, with acute and chronic diseases of internal organs);
center for hematology for chemotherapy of hemoblastoses and radiation therapy (assistance to patients with diseases of the blood system of the blood-forming organs, malignant neoplasms of the lymphoid and blood-forming tissues);
center for the pathology of ENT organs;
center of surgery and oncological surgery;
women's health center;
rehabilitation medicine center;
center for orthopedics, traumatology and sports medicine;
center of urology;
center for eye microsurgery and general ophthalmology;
center of dermatosurgery and dermatology;
center for Vascular Surgery;
center for emergency and Interventional cardioradiology;
heart surgery center;
center for psychotherapy and psychosomatic disorders;
center for general neurosurgery and neurovascular pathology;
center for general neurology and neurorehabilitation;
intensive care unit (cardiology);
department of chemoimmunotherapy of solid tumors;
diagnostic center of internal medicine;
center for cardiotherapy and treatment of arrhythmias;
center of acute coronary insufficiency and arrhythmias;
department of rheumatology;
center for gastroenterology and hepatology;
center for surgical vertebrology;
intensive care unit for emergency conditions.
In addition, the All-Ukrainian Radiosurgery Center is located on the hospital grounds.