Ukrainian Parliament adopted Draft Law On Improvement of Health Care in Rural Areas Today, on November 14, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the second reading Draft Law No. 7117 ‘On Improvement of Accessibility and Quality of Health Care Services in Rural Areas’ with 280 People's Deputies having voted ‘For’. As part of the ongoing Healthcare Reform in Ukraine, this Draft Law provides for cooperation with the local authorities in reforming rural medicine and addressing the urgent issues: the rural doctor shortage and poorly equipped outpatient clinics or rural health posts.
Pavlo Kovtoniuk: All primary care facilities should have independent management and sign agreements with NHSU by the end of 2018 By the end of 2018, all healthcare facilities should switch to independent management as non-profit enterprises owned by local government, and primary care providers should sign contracts with the National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU). “This is the key objective for local authorities”, underlined Pavlo Kovtoniuk, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine, during “an Hour of Questions to the Government” at Ukrainian Parliament on June 22, 2018.
Healthcare reform will start in early 2018. What should patients and doctors expect At the initial healthcare reform implementation stage, the changes will touch upon the level of primary care only, i.e. family doctors, physicians and pediatricians. In developed countries, primary care professionals treat up to 80% of patients without hospitalization (on an outpatient basis) – they apply modern knowledge, use basic equipment, the most common analyzes and prescribed medications.
Reform in Ukraine is Right Path towards Modern High-Performing Healthcare System, – Ulana Suprun On October 19, 2017, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted the first law launching the long-awaited process of change in the health care system in the country. The transformation of the primary health care and treatment and implementation of the so-called principle “The money follows the patient” are expected to start in early 2018, after the President signs this law. And after the adoption of the complete package of laws, the National Health Service of Ukraine will be introduced to conduct the procurement of healthcare services for patients and manage budget to finance medical institutions.