The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine passed the Law “On increasing accessibility and quality of medical care in rural areas” with its 280 votes. The Samopomich Union faction supported the law in the second reading and as a whole.
“The Health Committee held a special meeting dedicated to the consideration of amendments to this law. There were about two hundred of them,” says MP Iryna Sysoyenko. “Some of the Samopomich amendments, including mine, were supported by the Verkhovna Rada. According to the Cabinet, the State Treasury already has 4 billion hryvnias on its accounts for the implementation of this law. This money is to be allocated for the development of the primary level of medicine in villages. Therefore, the law was precisely about money, about how to spend it according to the intended purpose.
But I want everybody to understand that we will be strictly controlling the use of these funds. We don’t want to have the situation when these will be only the representatives of the pro-governmental coalition that will receive money from the budget for the construction of rural dispensaries. We need to ensure that funding will be allocated not only to the constituencies of the party members of the Petro Poroshenko Bloc or the “People’s Front”. We want the quality of medical services in villages throughout the country to grow. We also want to make sure that building of medical institutions and outpatient clinics, as well as the purchase of medical equipment meet the needs of villages, and are not carried out just because someone came up with an idea of how to get hold of people’s money through affiliated companies.”
In addition, Iryna Sysoyenko points out, it is necessary to plan the development of medical services in rural areas taking into account the technical progress in the field of healthcare. Therefore, the law establishes the fundamentals of telemedicine and the corresponding expansion of the Internet network throughout Ukraine, and not only in large cities.
“If this is done qualitatively, this will definitely increase the level of medical services for our citizens in rural areas and the accessibility of a wide range of opportunities for modern methods of treatment,” Iryna Sysoyenko concludes.