“Because of the lack of funds, only part of patients will receive the money needed for treatment abroad. What should the others do?” – Iryna Sysoyenko

As noted by Samopomich MP Iryna Sysoyenko, the commission of the Ministry of Health for the treatment of Ukrainian citizens abroad has started its work today. The specialists are verifying the data of the patients that are included in the queue in order to give them information (guarantee) letters.

“However, in order for patients to get the money, the Ministry of Finance has to submit to the Ministry of Health an approved passport of the budget program as soon as possible. Only then 186 million hryvnias will be distributed among patients who need urgent treatment in foreign clinics,” Iryna Sysoyenko notes.

The MP states that since the beginning of 2017, about 203.9 million hryvnias have been allocated for the program of abroad treatment. This money has been spent long time ago. Additional 186 million hryvnias were provided for patients when voting for changes to the budget in July. “Unfortunately, during the voting my amendment on the allocation of 300 million hryvnias for additional financing of the abroad treatment program was not taken into account. Now it is obvious that 186 million hryvnias won’t be enough to cover the need for treatment of all 119 people who are currently in the queue, and the number of applications for abroad treatment will increase every week,” notes Iryna Sysoyenko.

What does Samopomich Union offer?

First of all, in order to make the abroad treatment program more effective, Ukraine must conclude agreements with other governments to determine the list of clinics where our citizens should be treated: “Presently there is no control. If the state spends millions of hryvnias paying for clinics in different countries, then we must be sure that the foreign clinics to which our patients go will be the best for the recovery of the patients. Ukrainian government must monitor the final result and check in what condition the patients return home and whether they return at all. Ukrainian government must protect the rights and interests of its citizens by means of agreements with ministries of health of other countries where our patients go,” Iryna Sysoyenko is convinced.

Secondly, it is still necessary to create the conditions for carrying out transplantations in Ukraine (this requires a state program, which should be finally approved by the government), since the majority of the patients under the foreign treatment program go to Belarus and India for transplantations precisely. We must finally start performing these surgeries in Ukraine and start saving not a few people, but tens and hundreds of them.

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