Bereziuk: Expenditures of pensioners and low-income persons for medicines should be refunded. Otherwise these people will not survive

14 million hryvnias are needed to refund the expenditures of low-income Ukrainians for medicines. We must find this money, after all we have a responsibility to the people, said Oleh Bereziuk during the meeting of deputies of “Samopomich” faction with Acting Minister of Health Uliana Suprun and Minister of Education Liliia Hrynevych.
It is necessary to be very thorough when it comes to the allocation of resources to the spheres that concern the lives of Ukrainians. Imposing utility payments of education and health budget onto local budgets is the road to destruction of both the fields of education and medicine, and local budgets. “Samopomich” MPs spoke of this back last week, immediately after the Cabinet’s presentation of the budget for 2017.
In addition, MPs believe that the country should allocate money to compensate the sums pensioners and low-income Ukrainians spend on medicines.
“We need 14 billion hryvnias for this,” said Oleh Bereziuk.
With regard to education, the Chairman of the faction insists that it is necessary to take care not only of pedagogical employees of educational institutions.
“It is beyond doubt that increasing teachers’ salaries is good, but in addition to utility costs, subventions should also include the costs for support staff and non-teaching structure of education, otherwise there will be a catastrophe. Moreover, it is very important to have two types of scholarships. Firstly, for academic progress. Secondly, they should be granted to those having financial straits,” says MP.

Oleh Berezyuk
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