On December 13, the Cabinet of Ministers approved two resolutions concerning the provision of free medicine to the population during the next year. The first document is the updated version of the National List of Essential Medicines and the second one contains changes to the resolution № 1303 on the provision of medicine to the privileged population groups.
The National List of Essential Medicines comprises of safe and effective medications guaranteed to the population free of charge by the state. According to the new policy within the framework of the medical reform, every medical institution should fully provide each patient with medicine from the list.
According to the newly adopted resolution, 60 active pharmaceutical ingredients will be added to the updated list of essential medicines: 18 of them belong to the updated recommendations of the World Health Organization (WHO), 28 of them are in the category of inhalation anesthetics, and 14 of them are medications necessary in cases of emergency. As such, the total number of medications that should be provided for free comprise 427 denominations.
According to Roman Ilyk, the Deputy Minister of Health Care in Ukraine, the National List of Essential Medicines is a crucial constituent of medical reform in Ukraine, the main aim of which lies in the free provision of basic medical treatment to the population. Thus, the update of the National List of Essential Medicines will contribute to the timely and effective high-quality medical treatment.
The government has also proceeded with the resolution №1303 that provides the privileged groups of the population with medications that are not yet included into the National List of Effective Medicines. The document will be considered valid throughout the transition period.
Source: Government portal