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U.S. Embassy in Kyiv hails Ukraine’s healthcare reform
18:14, 23 October 2017
U.S. Embassy in Kyiv hails Ukraine’s healthcare reform

G7 Ambassadors support on healthcare reform in Ukraine, noted the Embassy

18:14, 23 October 2017

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U.S. Embassy in Ukraine hails the healthcare reform in the country and expect its fast implementation. This was stated on the Facebook page of the US Embassy with the reference to the G7 Ambassadors.

“We welcome the adoption in the Rada of the healthcare reform bill and look forward to its swift enactment. This legislation is a significant step forwahealth reformrd and is designed to ensure better healthcare provision for all Ukrainians, achieve efficient primary to tertiary health care, and eradicate corruption,” the message says.

“This achievement is just the first step and there is much work to do to ensure full implementation. It will be important to ensure that sufficient funding is allocated to the healthcare sector and that the necessary support is provided to the Ministry of Health. The G7 will continue to support reform in Ukraine,” stated on the page.

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As it was reported earlier Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the draft law in the second hearing and as a whole that implements the first stage of the medical reform. 240 MPs supported the document. The draft law was significantly changed during the improvement for the second hearing.

The main essence of the document is the actual cancellation of guarantees for the provision of free medical care. Article 49 of the Constitution of Ukraine states that everyone has the right to health protection, medical care, and medical insurance. From this point forward, actually, Ukraine has cancelled free medical care. But let us look in details.

After the entry into force of the medical reform, first aid, primary health care, and palliative care will remain free. On other words, the "family doctor" or a pediatrician freely consults and provides first medical aid. This doctor can also give a painkiller to those who suffer severe and fatal diseases and need pain reduction. Treatment of military wounds will be additionally free for Donbas veterans.

Related: Healthcare refom: Step forward or liquidation of welfare state in Ukraine

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