President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky spoke to citizens about complaints and requests for help that he received from doctors from all over the country.
"Facebook, Instagram, and my desktop are filled with requests from medical teams from all over the country. They all relate to the second stage of medical reform. Usually, we turn to doctors for help. Today our doctors beg for help," Zelensky said.
The president also said that he had heard about medical reform good and bad things, and, having assembled an expert committee of Ukrainian academics, professors, and doctors, he came to the conclusion that the reform has both advantages and obvious disadvantages.
“Our task is to preserve all the positive aspects and urgently correct mistakes,” Zelensky emphasized.
The guarantor said that 50,000 healthcare workers might be left without work due to the new funding mechanism. Also, in 2020, about a thousand hospitals will receive less funding than in 2019, and 332 medical institutions throughout Ukraine were at risk of closure.
Emergency medical care, multidisciplinary hospitals, oncology centers, veteran hospitals, most children's hospitals, psychiatric and tuberculosis services were at risk of underfunding.
"All this raises a number of questions. Why, instead of saving the lives of other people, doctors are forced to think about their own survival? Why were the tariffs made not by specialized doctors, but by officials, without a deep understanding of the process? How did one ambulance call actually cost as much as $ 3? Why is the amount on paper at least half the price for a stroke and heart attack? According to the new mechanism, some hospitals only have a door lock and a poster: "We're closed." Hold on. Good luck," Zelensky said.
As we reported earlier, Volodymyr Zelensky called on Minister of Health Maksym Stepanov, chairman of the relevant committee of the Verkhovna Rada and chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine Viktor Lyashko to immediately make proposals for improving the second phase of the medical reform.