There is nothing more precious than the health of the citizens of Ukraine – Iryna Sysoyenko

During a parliamentary session a people’s deputy, deputy chairman of the Committee on Health, Iryna Sysoyenko, called on the parliamentarians to consider and adopt laws on medicine in the near future.

“Unfortunately, the health care system that exists now does not meet the needs of the Ukrainian population in terms of medical services. For a year and a half of our work in the parliament we have not passed a single bill that would change the health care financing system. At the same time we are passing very important draft laws on visa-free regime, the fight against corruption, as well reducing taxes on cars. But does it all matter if every year the population of our country reduces just because the medical industry is not in a proper state?” said the MP from the parliamentary rostrum.

Iryna Sysoyenko stressed that every day 9 people die in the country. These are the people who did not live until transplantation surgeries. Each year, about 5,000 Ukrainians have to apply to foreign clinics to have transplantation surgery.

“And it’s only because of the fact that we, though having qualified professionals in the country who can carry out transplantations at a high-quality level, have failed to create a proper law and to build a system of transplantation in Ukraine which would satisfy the needs of the population in this sphere,” said the parliamentarian.

The MP has noted that Ukraine remains the only post-Soviet state that has not changed its system of financing the health care system.

“At present all budgetary institutions of communal and state ownership are budgetary institutions, and they receive only the state budget funds which are spent on preservation of infrastructure.

And, unfortunately, the health budget does not fund medical service itself, there are no special funds for the purchase of medicines, and the main thing of the medical arrangement is absent: there are no patients,” said deputy chairman of the Committee on Health.

“Legislative initiatives on medicine reforming have been waiting in the parliament for a year already, and they are ready for voting. But only yesterday, for the first time in a year and a half, they finally got onto the agenda, the afternoon agenda, though. Unfortunately, we once again have not managed to vote for them,” said Iryna Sysoyenko.

The “Samopomich Union” faction insists that all the bills on medicine, autonomy of medical institutions, transplantation, medical employees’ salary increase should be on the agenda for MPs to vote for these important bills in the nearest future, either tomorrow or the next parliamentary week. There is nothing more precious than the health of the citizens of Ukraine. Since the attitude of the state towards its citizens is determined by the level of health care in the country,” summed up the MP.

Iryna Sysoienko
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