23 October 2016

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Rada receives proposal to introduce obligatory health insurance in 2018

Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Healthcare and MP from the Bloc of Petro Poroshenko (BBP) Olha Bohomolets has submitted to the Verkhovna Rada a draft law on the introduction of compulsory state social health insurance in Ukraine from January 1, 2018.

Photo from UNIAN
Photo from UNIAN

According to the Verkhovna Rada website, the relevant document was submitted on August 2.

"Rapid deterioration in the financial and economic situation in the country has forced the government in its capacity to provide for the public's health needs at the expense of budget funds. Given this, legislative regulation for obligatory state social health insurance is an urgent and important task," an explanatory memorandum stated.

Finance Ministry insists on implementing pension reform this yearAccording to the author of the bill, the introduction of compulsory state social health insurance will ensure funds for health care at the expense are supplied by fixed contributions from people's income. This should ensure free medical services are provided to insured persons in case of an accident to the extent and under the conditions specified in the insurance program for the entire territory of Ukraine.

In addition, the insurance program will apply to all citizens, including non-working pensioners, disabled people, students and children under 16. Legal relations between insurants, insurers, insured persons and health institutions will be regulated on a contractual basis.

The explanatory memorandum stipulates that medical care will be provided by health care institutions at the expense of funds accumulated in the compulsory state social health insurance system, which should promote competition among medical institutions.

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