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Ministry of Health to attract $3.5 million for treatment of Ukrainians abroad

The funds will be enough to treat 38 patients
19:26, 3 October 2018

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The Ministry of Health of Ukraine will additionally attract $3.5 million for the treatment of the Ukrainians abroad in 2018. October 3, the Ministry adopted the budgetary reallocation, its press office reports.

‘The Ministry of Health of Ukraine attracted additional funds for the treatment of Ukrainians abroad of $3.5 million by the budgetary reallocation from other programs of the Ministry,’ reads the message.

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In particular, the part of the funds will be reallocated from the program “Realization of a pilot project regarding changes in the mechanism of financial support of surgical treatment for transplantation of organs and other anatomical materials”.

It is mentioned that the $3.5 million will be enough for the treatment of 38 patients abroad. However, as of October 1, there are 96 people in the queue.

As was reported, the Ministry of Health of Ukraine has unreflectively spent  $10 million of budget funds allocated for the treatment of patients having oncological diseases abroad.

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The use of state funds for treatment of cancer patients abroad is associated with a scandal with the Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine Oleksandr Lynchevskiy during his speech at the Chamber of Accounts at the discussion of the report on the results of the audit of the effectiveness of state budget funds allocated to the Ministry of Health for treating Ukrainian citizens abroad.

In particular, Lynchevskiy stated about non-effectiveness of funds usage in connection with the high rate of mortality of patients diagnosed with cancer. Later, Lynchevskiy claimed that his words have taken out from context and do not reflect the position of the Ministry of Health, and the published transcript of the session is incomplete.

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