Low quality of medical services, especially in primary healthcare, obsolete equipment, unmotivated personnel, rampant corruption, inefficient use of budget funds – the list of challenges the reform is facing goes on. Semashko system is obviously unable to revive healthcare in market economy.
In 2014-2016 in light of hryvnia’s devaluation and rising cost of energy investors turned their attention to energy efficiency projects in the area of lighting, water and heat supply for housing, municipal and industrial facilities, as pay-back period for most such projects ranges from 3 to 7 years.
The paradox of Ukrainian medicine is that despite having a host of medical facilities and hospital beds it still cannot fully satisfy the people’s need for quality health care.
Ukraine’s healthcare reform is one of the few that might be carried out by the end of 2017. The World Bank, World Health Organization and European Commission played a major role in this by providing financial and technical assistance as well as engaging national and international experts in working on the new legislation.
Ukrainian healthcare market is estimated at $4.9 billion, $2.4 of which are patients’ medical expenses. At the same time, 90% of medical services are provided by state and municipal clinics, which fail to deliver the necessary scale and quality of treatment.
The ILF client’s family has been using the services of one of the largest Kiev clinics for some time. When the client's daughter was diagnosed with bilateral inguinal hernia, they chose to have the surgery at the same medical facility.