Olha Stefanyshyna, the executive director of Patients of Ukraine charity foundation, said at the presentation of the results of a survey conducted as part of the USAID project (Bez)tsinna Medytsyna ((In)valuable Medicine), Censor.NET reports citing Ukrinform.
"Nearly 50 percent of people simply do not get treatment, 50 percent of people say they just postpone treatment for later. 94 percent of respondents in our focus groups confirmed that the high cost of medicines is the main problem in Ukraine," Stefanyshyna said.
According to the survey, the share of people engaged in self-treatment reaches 70 percent. 43 percent of respondents said they sell their property or borrow money for treatment. 56 percent took only half of the prescribed drugs, citing financial problems.
Almost 40 percent of the surveyed complained that doctors tend not to question a patient about his/her condition, rarely explain or explain too superficially what exactly they prescribe. In only half of the cases, doctors offer patients cheaper and more expensive drugs to choose from. One third of respondents said that doctors prescribe too many medicines. On top of that, corruption is one of the reasons for mistrust among patients.
The analysis of the top 100 best selling drugs in pharmacies across Ukraine shows that people annually spend more than 3 billion hryvnia ($110.728 million) on drugs they could easily do without.
"Medical services in Ukraine should be of high quality and affordable for every patient, and we are doing our best to start medical reform already this year," said acting Minister of Health Ulana Suprun.
The survey was conducted in April-September 2016 with the support of School of Public Health of National University of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy and Kyiv International Institute of Sociology.