Within the local self-government reform, the Ministry of Health will empower territorial communities to create medical infrastructure independently, Deputy Health Minister Pavlo Kovtoniuk has said during a conference “From the formation of amalgamated territorial communities to smart growth”.
According to the Deputy Minister, from now local authorities will be responsible for the organization of healthcare delivery, as they better understand their needs and capabilities. The state, in turn, will cover services in the primary healthcare sector financing the cost of treating a patient for a year. These funds will be transferred directly to healthcare providers.
However, the services of dentists, medical laboratories or medical treatment rooms in the primary healthcare sector will be financed from the local budget of a community. Thus, the state won’t be involved in this process.
Also, Kovtoniuk noted that primary healthcare centers should be established in amalgamated territorial communities only if there is a relevant number of population. According to the Ministry of Health, this rate should be 30 thousand people, but it is not fixed limit. At the same time, it makes sense to create a primary healthcare center for 22 thousand residents but not for 5-6 thousand. Supporting specialized doctors is considered to be ineffective if there is a low number of residens.