Ukraine will switch to insurance medicine starting from 2017 - Health Ministry

Ukraine will switch to insurance medicine starting from 2017 - Health MinistryExisting healthcare system in Ukraine will be changed to an insurance medicine starting from 2017 and will take 3 years to become implemented.

The Health Ministry confirmed that the system transformation will begin with a launch of a family practice on the basis of the lower level of the healthcare system – polyclinics and ambulatories, UNIAN reports.

Pavlo Kovtoniuk, Deputy Health Minister, said that for the past 25 years a lot of draft laws on insurance medicine have been elaborated but they all were prone to corruption schemes.

"The purpose of our team is the implementation of insurance medicine starting from 2017 and we've found the way how to make it possible with minimal and distinct changes to the Ukrainian legislation", Pavlo Kovtoniuk claimed.

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According to him, Ukrainians will be able to easily choose a family doctor and paediatrician for kids and sign direct contracts with them with a specified list of services, which are guaranteed and paid by Ukraine's government.

"If a patient isn't satisfied with a family doctor, he can change him. Family doctors will give medical certificates requested by kindergartens, schools and swimming pools. One can choose any medical centre, place of residence won't matter. Our goal is a doctor for every family. A family doctor should become a family agent in healthcare, monitor state of health. Families should trust him, that's why a doctor must be motivated, firstly with good salaries", Pavlo Kovtoniuk added.
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