On November 14, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the Law “On Improvement of Accessibility and Quality of Health Care Services in Rural Areas”, which was voted for by 280 parliamentarians.
According to the new Law, executive agencies and the local governments will be granted more authority for the provision of quality healthcare services at the local level. Thus, it will enable to take into consideration the needs of the rural residents when allocating the state funding for the improvement of health care.
In the rural areas, healthcare service will be provided by the centers of primary medical help, namely medical and obstetrical stations, ambulance stations, first-aid posts, and pharmacy posts among others.
It is planned that all medical institutions in the rural areas will get the required medical equipment: portable devices for “telemedical” diagnostics, mini-laboratories, equipment for proper medicine storage and transportation, as well as ultrasound, X-ray, and other types of equipment.
The document also proposes an incentive system for attracting qualified medical professionals to the rural workplaces. In particular, the Law suggests that medical professionals should be provided with free housing and transportation as well as opportunities for education and professional development.
To make the healthcare service more accessible for rural residents, it is also planned to introduce modern computer technologies for enabling “telemedicine” diagnostics and electronic prescriptions. In other words, patients will be able to receive medical consultation of well-qualified medical professionals via the Internet.
Moreover, another step that will help the rural population get closer to quality healthcare service entails organization of annual doctoral visits to the villages for performing medical examinations by medical professionals.
Source: Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine