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Senators urged the government to comprehensively modernize the health sector

02.12.2022 82

Governmental hour on "Accessible and effective system of health care" was held today in the Senate of the Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The meeting was held as part of the implementation of the President's Address to the people of Kazakhstan "Fair State. One nation. Prosperous society".

Opening the work of Governmental hour, the Vice-Speaker of House Olga Perepechina noted that creation of conditions allowing each citizen to realize the right to health protection is the main priority of the state policy. She stressed that the problems in the industry remain pressing, and the senators were convinced of this more than once during their visits to the regions. Olga Perepechina reminded that the Head of the State called a harmonious development of the society the main condition for the nation's health.

"Today, despite the second year of the implementation of the national project "Quality and affordable healthcare for every citizen" Healthy Nation", the measures taken and the funds allocated, the problems in the healthcare system, unfortunately, remain unsolved: these are queues in clinics, lack of narrow specialists, the current tariff formation does not cover real costs, in connection with it the budget deficit and accounts payable in medical organizations, especially in rural areas, are growing, the difficulties of working in non-integrated information systems are not solved, which affects the quality of services provided, transparency and cost efficiency" - said Olga Perepechina.

Senator Akmaral Alnazarova also spoke about the unfavorable situation, calling the attention of the Government to specific problems in health care. In particular, according to the Senator, Kazakhstan, as a member of the United Nations, has obligations to achieve the 17 global Sustainable Development Goals, adopted by the UN General Assembly. Since the adoption of the Agenda for Sustainable Development, Kazakhstan has made visible progress in their implementation, but half of the health indicators of the Goals have not been achieved - 7 out of 14. Thus, according to the Deputy, there are unresolved problems in the country, in particular with the accessibility of medical services to the uninsured population. At the same time, those who are insured do not receive the required amount of medical services. There are problems of low quality of screening for early detection of diseases, as well as the quality of outpatient drug provision.

"The Senate is concerned about the high rates of maternal and infant mortality. Since the introduction of the health insurance system in the country, uninsured women of reproductive age have not had access to routine preparation for pregnancy, outpatient or inpatient treatment. Only after the 10th week of pregnancy does a woman get the status of insured in the preferential category of citizens, when the important time for observation and treatment is missed. Given the critical situation with maternal mortality it is necessary to expand the range of medical services for both pregnant women and women of reproductive age and to revise the lists of outpatient drug coverage for pregnant women. Not every woman can be observed and treated at her own expense," noted Senator Alnazarova.

The Minister of Health of the Republic of Kazakhstan Azhar Giniyat and Chairman of the Board of the "University Medical Center" Yuri Pyah made a speech during the government hour. Representatives of government agencies, deputies Akims of regions and cities of Astana, Almaty, Shymkent, independent experts in the healthcare and members of the Young Experts Club under the Senate participated in the discussion of the issues.

During the Governmental Hour it was noted that the solution of healthcare problems is of great importance for the further development of the regions. And so the Senate, as the House, which represents the regions of our country will continually strive to address existing issues in the healthcare system.

As a result of the Governmental Hour recommendations were formed, which will be sent to the Government.

(Senate Press Service, 74-72-27. Photo by B. Serikbay)

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