Within the healthcare system reform, a package of draft laws changing the legislation on a new model of the primary sector funding is being developed. The required documents are in the final stage of approval. In fact, they will launch the medical reform, Deputy Health Minister Pavlo Kovtoniuk has said during a meeting of the Health Care Committee of the Verkhovna Rada.
As reported, on Nov. 30, 2016, a key document for the health reform was adopted, namely the Concept of the Healthcare Financing Reform initiating a gradual transition to the new funding model of the industry – National health insurance. Completion of the reform is scheduled for 2020.
The medical reform starts this year with changes in the primary healthcare sector (clinics, dispensaries). The key role in changes belongs to amalgamated territorial communities (ATCs), which will determine and manage the process of providing people with the primary healthcare. Moreover, ATCs will be able to form a network of institutions rendering such assistance.
Other changes scheduled for 2017 include strengthening of the independence of medical institutions through self-maintained processes of staff scheduling and financial planning that will allow going on the “global budget.” It is also important that managers of healthcare establishments will be able to reallocate funds between expenditure items quickly, to take more flexible and efficient decisions.
As of today, the following draft laws are developed and being improved: some draft laws regulating the procedure for primary healthcare providing, relationship between a doctor and a patient, cooperation between the National Health Service and providers of medical services. Also, the Draft Law “On Amendments to the Basic Laws of Ukraine on Health Care” is being developed.
Moreover, Pavlo Kovtoniuk said that the Ministry of Health drafted the regulations on the formation of hospital districts in 12 regions. Formation of hospital districts in two more regions is under consideration.