“Envelope” medicine: the Government expects to 2019 “pull” 2.5% of GDP out of the pockets of patients

«Конвертная» медицина: Власть рассчитывает в 2019 году «вытянуть» 2,5% ВВП из карманов пациентов

In recent years the medical sector in Ukraine financed by only 2.5 per cent of GDP, the rest is all “pumped” out of the pockets of patients.

Such opinion during the press-conference in information Agency “ГолосUA” expressed the Executive Secretary of the National medical chamber of Ukraine Serhiy Kravchenko.

According to experts, underfunding of the healthcare industry in Ukraine – is a crime, the state is not fulfilling its obligations to the citizens of Ukraine.

“In our country is a crime in the medical industry – the government has promised to allocate 5% of GDP on health care, in fact, identified – only 2.5%. Us elementary “divorced”, while at the level of local government entities living under the current legislation. Local Executive power yet adheres to the laws. Budgeting in medical sector of Ukraine to 2019 – 3.1% of GDP is an imaginary figure,” – said the expert.

S. Kravchenko said that 2.5% of GDP, a maximum of 2.7% of GDP, will actually be next year financing of the medical industry.

“It’s no secret that we have “envelope” medicine. The patient pays for their account, there is a circulation of cash. It directly funds citizens. The patient of his purse pays for medication, laboratory and instrumental diagnostics, etc.” – said the expert.

S. Kravchenko added that the government expects 2.5% GDP “to give from the budget with taxes of the population,” and another 2.5% of GDP “pulled out of the pockets of citizens in cash.” The healthcare industry is funded in Ukraine in recent years, only 2.5 per cent of GDP, the rest is all “pumped” out of the pockets of patients.

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