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 Health-care reform process is painful and uneasy, deputy prime minister says

The fundamental reform of the health-care system and bringing of Ukrainian health service to European standards is one of the priorities of the current Ukraine’s government.

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko said at a meeting in the Ministry of Health, Censor.NET reports citing the government's press office.

"The debate on reforming the health-care system has been held in our country over the last decade. Certain steps are being made, but the process is painful and uneasy. However, the government is determined to conduct fundamental reforms and systemic changes in spite of this. Our task is to bring this branch to the European level, so that every citizen could have felt the improvement in the quality of medical services," Rozenko said.

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The meeting's participants discussed the creation of hospital districts, which should be completed before Jan. 1, 2017.

"The hospital districts should become operational as early as Jan. 1, 2017. Therefore, the time for the tasks completion is very limited," Rozenko told the leadership of the Health Ministry and heads of health departments of the local state administrations.

Rozenko emphasized that the process of the hospital districts creation should be held publicly and transparently and take into account the peculiarities of different regions.

According to him, the people should be able to feel the increase in the level and quality of social services, including health-care ones, due to decentralization.

"Everyone will only benefit from decentralization, from bringing services closer to people," he said.

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Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n394699