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Medical Science, Kazakhstan


A number of changes are being prepared in the healthcare sector of Kazakhstan. They are related to the provision of emergency medical care to the population. The Ministry of Health of the Republic initiated the reforms. Currently, its representatives consider various proposals used in the OECD countries in the past few decades. According to the Ministry, in Kazakhstan the average time of arrival of an ambulance to the patient is 25 minutes, and the share of calls responded late reaches the level of 7 percent.



On January 1, 2018, Kazakhstan will start the practical implementation of the project “Electronic Health Passports.” Minister of Health of the Republic Elzhan Birtanov reported the news on May 11. According to him, plans are afoot to complete the creation of electronic health passports by July 1; they will be filled in with data in the second half of the year. Worth recalling, the work on this project has been ongoing since 2015. Currently, it is already being tested in Astana, on the basis of the ninth clinic.


The deputies of the lower chamber (Majilis) of the Kazakh parliament approved in the first reading a number of amendments to the current health care legislation. According to them, foreigners who reside in Kazakhstan permanently are provided an opportunity to receive treatment free of charge.


Kazakhstan plans to form a single public health service, which will focus on the prevention of diseases rather than their treatment. Minister of Health of the Republic Yelzhan Birtanov made this statement during the recent regular meeting of the government. In his words, up to 98 percent of deaths and morbidity in Kazakhstan, as well as in most countries of the world, account for non-communicable chronic diseases. The expenditures on their treatment amount to about 95-96 percent of all the healthcare expenditures.



In 2020, Kazakhstan will introduce the procedure for compulsory licensing of doctors, based on an independent assessment of their skills and knowledge. As noted by specialists on this occasion, it will not only give an opportunity to raise the professional level of the medical staff. It will also create a competitive environment in the health-care industry. As for the patients, this innovation will enable them to choose the attending physician independently.



On November 23, during a plenary session of the lower chamber of the Kazakh Parliament, the deputies approved the draft of the new law “On introduction of amendments and additions to some legislative acts of Kazakhstan related to the issues of compulsory health social insurance.” “The Committee proposed to amend Article 53 of the Budget Code of the Republic, Subparagraph 5 of Paragraph 1,” deputy Zauresh Amanzholova said during the presentation of the draft law.



As of today, Kazakhstan faces no problems with provision of the necessary free medicines to the republic's hospitals. Chairman of the Board of the LLP “SK-Pharmacy” Nurzhan Alibaev made this statement during the recent press conference at the Central Communications Office. “You always have the opportunity to visit our site and browse the special section, which contains information regarding the remaining medicines, as well as detailed information on the 1107 medical institutions located in all provinces of the country.


In Almaty, plans are afoot to open a school of medical tourism, which will train employees of the tourist companies. Head of the Kazakh Tourist Association Rashida Shaikenova announced the news on the sidelines of the medical tourism conference entitled “Trends and innovations in the global medicine: medical tourism today.” She pointed out that her organization is regularly engaged in researching the needs of the republic's citizens.



Kazakhstan and Hungary have signed a memorandum on expansion of production at the pharmaceutical plant in Karaganda, which is engaged in manufacture of original drugs from herbal materials of local origin. Chairman of the Kazakh holding “Phytochemistry” Sergazy Adekenov announced the news while delivering his speech at the Kazakh-Hungarian business forum. According to him, the value of this agreement amounts to $5 million.


On October 3, Kazakhstan begins mass influenza vaccination of the population. For this purpose, the republic has purchased a total of 1.3 million doses of the vaccine at a cost of over KZT1,000,000,000 at the expense of the state budget. Deputy Health and Social Development Minister Alex Choi announced the news during a press conference on the issues of preparation to the current epidemiological season of influenza and ARVI.