During today’s Government meeting chaired by Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev, Minister of Healthcare Yelzhan Birtanov reported on the ongoing work on developing the healthcare infrastructure in Kazakhstan.

According to Yelzhan Birtanov, the Ministry of Healthcare in conjunction with the regions has developed and is implementing a project on developing the healthcare infrastructure.

The main tasks of this project are to change the configuration of the network of healthcare organizations in order to increase the availability of primary health care and provide integrated health care; systemize investment planning for infrastructure development; modernize of infrastructure through attracting investment.

Approaches to the development of the health infrastructure, in accordance with which work is being done, were approved in June 2017 at a meeting of the Government and the collegium of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Corresponding changes are made to the state norm for the network of health organizations.

At the same time Y. Birtanov noted that for the purpose of gradual modernization of the network, the Single Long-term Plan for Health Infrastructure is being implemented, which is a management tool, as it reflects measures for optimization, privatization, construction and major repairs.

The implementation of the new planning system, taking into account the new norm for the network of healthcare organizations, was launched by the Ministry of Healthcare in autumn of 2017. To date, local executive bodies have drafted long-term plans for all 16 regions.

According to regional long-term plans, the capacity of outpatient and polyclinic organizations in the Republic will grow 12.5% until 2025.

In general, within the framework of the long-term plans and as a result of consolidation, the average capacity of city hospital organizations will increase up to 424 beds, which will be close to the best international practices, and at the rural level, where priority is affordability - this figure will remain unchanged (91 beds).

In addition, the report stated that an investment plan for the period from 2018 to 2025 is currently being implemented.

As Y. Birtanov noted, investment projects are planned to be implemented through PPP using a standard financial model, a standard contract and affordable lending.

The Ministry of Healthcare plans to finance large PPP projects in 2018 through such international financial organizations as the Asian and European Development Banks.

In conclusion Y. Birtanov noted that an important outcome of the project on the development of the health infrastructure is the creation of a modern effective health infrastructure in the context of the introduction of CSMI.

In the course of the consideration of this issue, the head of the WHO Country Office in Kazakhstan Oleg Chestnov, the representative of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development Ekaterina Miroshnik, Akim of Akmola region Malik Murzalin, Akims of Almaty region Amandyk Batalov shared their opinion on the proposed health care innovations.

The Government approved the voiced approaches to the development and modernization of the health infrastructure, which were developed in accordance with recommendations of international experts.


Published: 11 January 2018



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