On Mar. 1, the Ministry of Health approved a model regulation on hospital districts. The document defines the activity principles of these formations, rights and duties of local authorities that cooperate within a hospital district.
According to the Regulation, a hospital district consists of municipal, district councils and councils of amalgamated territorial communities that will provide healthcare services by combined efforts. The hospital district participants should create a Hospital Council to coordinate their own actions. The Council should be authorized to:
• develop a multi-year plan of the hospital district development for 5 years;
• reorganize and change a profile of institutions that provide secondary (specialized) healthcare;
• identify promising healthcare establishments;
• appoint and dismiss heads of medical institutions;
• transfer the funds between communities’ budgets to finance programs of secondary (specialized) healthcare.
The plan developed by the Hospital Council should include a list of objectives, tasks and ways of their meeting; description of patients‘ routes within the common district; distribution of functions to provide healthcare between territorial communities; list of promising medical institutions and plans of their development.
The hospital district development plan may be financed by the state budget, territorial communities’ budgets, investments, charitable and sponsor contributions, international assistance.