“Over the past year, heart, anesthetics and antipyretic drugs have grown by more than 20%. However, in hospitals, because of the nurse Suprun, there are no drugs. And there are very big questions about the quality of those medications that she buys. Many of them are banned in the US and in Canada. The authorities want either the people to die, or to give all the money for medicines at all, and to be treated with a plantain,” Oleksandr Vilkul, candidate for the presidency from the OPPOSITION BLOC said during a meeting with residents of Kharkiv, visiting one of the pharmacies in the city.
According to the oppositionist, over the past few years, the cost of drugs has constantly increased. Only in 2018 alone, the most popular drugs went up by 20% or more. In 2019, price increases will continue. In the new contracts with pharmacies, suppliers have already laid down the price increase for medicines from 4 to 20%.
To save money, Ukrainians increasingly buy medicines abroad. There, these drugs can be purchased at 20 - 30% cheaper than in Ukraine.
“This is very bad, because I am a pensioner. The pension is small, and the medicine is very expensive. We are pensioners already sick, and the pensioners are all sick. Therefore it is very bad. Something has to be done with this,” the pensioner from Kharkiv noted.
The “Affordable Medications” programme, at which the authorities advertised themselves obsessively, is also not capable of covering the needs of Ukrainians. The budget for 2019 for this programme provides funding in the amount of last year - UAH 1 billion. Although, even according to the calculations of the Ministry of Health, this amount covers from 40 to 60% of the required.
In 2019, spending on health care is provided in the amount of UAH 98.1 billion, which is 2.5% of GDP. At the same time, according to the WHO recommendations, the financing of the health sector should be maintained at the level of 7% of GDP.
Vilkul also emphasized the need to abolish the medical reform initiated by the authorities. In his view, the so-called “medical reform” is a monstrous experiment on Ukrainians, which makes medicine paid and unaffordable for people, and also, as practice has shown, it consists in closing hospitals and dismissing doctors. Such an approach actually legalizes the refusal of the state from the right of citizens to free medical aid, enshrined in the Constitution.
The programme of Oleksandr Vilkul provides for “the abolition of the medical reform of the nurse Suprun and the transition to a model of insurance medicine.” Vilkul successfully implemented a similar project in 2003 at large enterprises of the Dnipropetrovsk region, which he led. Now this experience can be successfully extended to the whole of Ukraine.
“We will correct this situation by introducing insurance medicine. Children, state employees and pensioners will receive insurance at the expense of the state – free, and employees of enterprises – at the expense of these enterprises,” Oleksandr Vilkul said.