Old medical equipment and rusty hospital beds were exhibited in front of the Verkhovna Rada building

Old medical equipment and rusty hospital beds were exhibited in front of the Verkhovna Rada building

Today the Ministry of Health together with patient organizations, placed in front of the Verkhovna Rada building rusty hospital beds and old medical equipment that are still used in hospitals. Thus the Ministry of Health and activists demonstrated MPs true state of heath care in the country and urged them to put to the vote the package of bylaws on health care reform #6327, #6328, #6329, #6247.

 “How can one be treated in such conditions? Children with cancer stay in hospital for months. They need positive emotions and good stay condition, comfortable beds, warm and colorful ward, warm water, a place for parents to stay with kids and so much more. Medicine should be “friendly” to both – patient and doctor,” says Iryna Lytovchenko, co-founder of the ICF “Tabletochki”.

Patients were holding photos illustrating the conditions in which Ukrainians have to be treated. At the same time, in the hall of the Verkhovna Rada more than 20 photographs made by patients in hospitals and activists from different Oblasts of Ukraine were exhibited. That were the photo evidences of old, dilapidated rooms and wards, in which Ukrainians have to be treated.

“Now some MPs say that this reform will make health care unavailable to patients. But a free and modern health care in Ukraine – is a myth. With this exhibition we want to show MPs who probably have never been treated in public hospitals the real conditions in which patients have to fight for their lives, says Olga Stefanyshyna, executive director of the CF “Patients Ukraine”. “Each MP who doesn’t not vote for health care reform in fact wants to maintain everything as it is and deprive his constituents of quality health care,” she adds.

A package of bylaws #6327, #6328, #6329, #6247 will allow patients to receive quality health care and choose where to be treated. For the first time funds allocated for medicine will not be spent on maintenance of the hospitals’ infrastructure, but on payment of treatment of specific Ukrainians on equal terms. Health care reform will provide honest relationship between doctor and patient. Free for Ukrainians will be the emergency aid with treatment services and medications, appeal to the family doctor, therapeutic, pediatrician and palliative care for the terminally ill patients.

Last week, the Parliament failed to put to the vote the package of bylaws on health care reform  #6327, #6328, #6329, #6247. In particular, consideration of the bylaws on health care reform were not be supportd by the ruling party – Petro Poroshenko Bloc, fractions of Radical Party and Batkivshchyna Party.

Critically important to start implementing the health care reform right now because the next opportunity will be possible for Ukraine not earlier than in 5 years.

“We hope that a package of bylaws that would allow to start health care reform will be supported by democratic forces in the Parliament”, states Pavlo Kovtoniuk, Deputy Minister of Health. “This is a historic opportunity for Ukraine to start the most demanded reform, supported by all international partners and the medical community, in our country.”

During the press briefing in the Parliament MP from the Petro Poroshenko Bloc, member of the Committee on Public Health Sergii Berezenko promised that a package of bylaws related to the health care reform will be put to the vote before the summer holidays.

“Our main task – is to adopt appropriate legislation on the first reading and as a whole by the end of this session, before the summer holidays. This is needed to give effect to the laws, to include some money into the budget 2018 when the Ministry of Health is preparing the resolution and to make this process irreversible”, claims Berezenko. “I’m sure the majority will vote for the inclusion in the agenda the laws during the next plenary session. The working group will continue working by May 31, 2017. We will be able to analyze all the comments and then get the final text of the document, which will be include in the agenda,” concludes the deputy.

  • 97% of Ukrainians buy medicines on their own expenses
  • Each patient when comes to hospital has to buy medicines on his own and pay under the table
  • For 84% of Ukrainian, who had been hospitalized during the last year, it was difficult or impossible to find money for treatment
  • Ukrainians forced to sell valuables, property and borrow money to buy medicines
  • When there is a family with a seriously ill patient, this family just falls below the poverty line
  • According to WHO, 136 000 Ukrainians can be saved each year if there is a health care reform.


Contact person: Aliona Romaniuk, 050 335 53 01, 093 72 10 800, aliona.r@patients.org.ua

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