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On The Ongoing Health Reform In Uzbekistan

Friday, June 30, 2017 - 20:47

A recent analysis of the health care system of Uzbekistan revealed a number of serious shortcomings in its activities. That is why the president of the country, Shavkat Mirziyoyev, signed a decree on reforming the industry, which envisages a number of transformations. The health care system will be conditionally divided into four levels. The highest level is republican; it involves the provision of the most advanced high-tech medical services in the specialized areas. The second is the regional level, at which similar medical services will be provided in the regional centers. The level of districts and cities comes next; medical services will be provided on the basis of newly-created specialized units.


The lowest level will be represented by organizations of primary health care. Here, specialists of narrow profiles will provide consultations, and certain types of medical specialized care will be provided for consultative-diagnostic and therapeutic purposes.


The decree of Sh. Mirziyoyev also transforms the leading specialized republican medical and preventive organizations into specialized republican scientific and practical medical centers. Simultaneously, there is a change in their form of ownership. Earlier they functioned as joint-stock companies, and now they have been transformed into state institutions.


In the coming months, a number of interesting innovations will be developed in accordance with the Uzbek president's instructions. In particular, before the end of August, the Ministry of Health of the republic shall submit proposals to the Cabinet of Ministers, which will be aimed at introducing mechanisms of social and legal protection for those citizens of the country who go abroad to receive medical treatment beyond its borders.

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