We should stop lying that health service is free, — Ukrainian Minister of Healthcare

Source : 112 Ukraine

Government will grant subsidies for people who have no money to pay for medical services
18:15, 2 June 2017

Ukraine should stop telling lies about free medical care. This is why medical reform is implementing state funding of emergency assistance and co-payment of treatment, if a person is able to pay. This was reported by Ulana Suprun, the acting Minister of Healthcare of Ukraine, during the briefing of National reform council, broadcast by 112 Ukraine TV channel.

Answering the question of 112 Ukraine, whether the medical reform provides for partly paid medical service how much money was involved, Suprun said: "The bill points out that the Cabinet of Ministers will determine each year what kind of services will be provided and what would be the financing to cover those services…"

She stressed that Ukrainians should not hear lies that medical care is free of charge.

"We are saying that medical service is free in Ukraine, but it is not true, we are all paying for it… We are not offering a system, where each of us has the guaranteed primary care, emergency service and palliative care free. Possibly, there will be such services where you will have to pay, as the government does not have enough funds. If you can pay — then pay. If not, there will be subventions, subsidies, there is already a state program for ATO fighters, private insurance. We have to stop lying and tell the truth. We must set up a system where people don’t have to sell cars and apartments and be financially destroyed because they got ill," Ulana Suprun noted.

Beyond that, minister announced that no other existing government programs will be cancelled, government procurement will also remain.

As it was reported, medical reform provides for government financing of emergency assistance during delivery and co-funding of planned childbirth.

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