Today, more than a third of the costs of medical services are paid for by citizens at their own expense. Compulsory social medical insurance should significantly reduce these costs. Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov told on how the Ministry intends to solve this problem at the press conference following the Government meeting.

As he said, generally citizens spend their money for two basic categories - medical products and consulting-diagnostic services.

"In the case of medicines - in addition to price regulation within the framework of medical insurance, we plan to gradually increase the coverage of the population with free medicines as money accumulates in the Fund,” – the Minister said.

As for consultative and diagnostic services - mainly citizens resort to the services of private diagnostic centers when quality of services in public clinics is not satisfactory, more often because of large queues to free specialists.

"We are reviewing the rules in this direction. First of all, the rules are aimed at reducing regulatory barriers – we must reduce queues and allow private providers to provide these services free of charge via medical insurance,” – Y. Birtanov noted.

These rules will be developed this year. According to the Minister, with the introduction of the CSMI, a citizen would be able to go to any consultant via prescription from his district doctor. Consultation will be paid by the medical insurance. The main condition is that a private medical organization must have an agreement with the Health Insurance Fund, provide safe medical care and have licenses.

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Published: 14 March 2017

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