Coming up in medical reform in 2019
From Jan. 1, the Ukrainian healthcare system will exclusively fund primary care based upon enrolled patients and services provided, not the number of hospital beds or the existence of facilities. The National Health Service of Ukraine will pay for common laboratory and diagnostic tests that are not included in the new system’s guaranteed services packet. The Health Ministry will pilot the new financing system in Poltava Oblast: primary care, lab tests, referrals to specialists, and hospitalizations will all be paid through the National Health Service. The Health Ministry is currently applying for financing to launch a unified dispatcher service for ambulances in five oblasts and Kyiv and to retrain ambulance drivers as emergency medical technicians and ambulance workers as paramedics. This funding will also pay for new ambulances and equipment for emergency rooms. Currently, most hospitals lack emergency rooms. The ministry hopes to extend financing for its Accessible Medicines program covering some of the most commonly prescribed medications. The Health Ministry will establish a qualifying exam for licensing physicians. By end of 2018, the ministry wants to pass a law on the professional licensure of physicians and make changes to medical education.