Ukrainians paying for medical services out of pocket is a crime!

23:45 15.05.2018

Batkivshchyna Party leader Yulia Tymoshenko believes the government’s so-called reform of the health care system without the introduction of a system of medical insurance is unacceptable and will have a negative effect on quality of medical services and make then inaccessible to most of the country’s population.

“The current reform of the health care system is terrible because they have introduced fees for secondary and tertiary medical services without creating a system of medical insurance,” Yulia Tymoshenko said during an appearance on channel NewsOne.

The politician explained that the reform of primary care is significantly increasing doctors’ workloads and the population cannot receive quality medical services.

“This means that you’ll be going to a family doctor – physician who has more than two thousand patients. People with tuberculosis and other infectious diseases will also be going to the same doctor,” she said.

Meanwhile, reform of the secondary and tertiary level of medical services means that “people will have to pay from their own pocket” for specialists such as cardiologists or gastroentorologists.

“How many people can afford this?! A simple appendectomy will cost tens of thousands of hryvnias! And if it’s a more complicated operation, people won’t have the money to pay for treatment and the state won’t take responsibility for it,” the Batkivshchyna Party leader said.

Yulia Tymoshenko also expressed concern that the current government is not interested in building a successful health care system, as evidenced by the fifty percent cut in the state health care budget.

“In 2013 Ukraine was spending $7.7 billion on medicine, and now it’s spending $3.7 billion. This means the health care system is being destroyed, and doctors and nurses will go abroad to work,” the parliamentarian explained.

Yulia Tymoshenko also said the current approach to health care reform is unacceptable and that the Batkivshchyna team has recommendations for a fundamentally different approach to reforming the sector.

“We need a comprehensive medical insurance system where employers gets tax cuts for insurance for employees and the state pays for those who are unemployed. Emergency care should be free,” the politician said.

“We will put everything in place. First, medical insurance, and then the proper development of the health care system with proper financing. We have gathered a team of strong specialists who know how to reform the sector and we will present to the country a new system of health care,” Yulia Tymoshenko said.