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29.01.2014

Tozik wants Belarusians to pay for healthcare 303

14:25, — society

Tozik wants Belarusians to pay for healthcare

The country's deputy prime minister thinks Belarusians should pay for doctor's visits.

We need to carry out a deep system optimisation, to significantly review grounds for calling a doctor, visiting polyclinics, calling an ambulance, Anatoly Tozik said Wednesday at a meeting of the Board of the Health Care Ministry, Interfax reports.

All decisions on the issue should be prepared and adopted within 6 months. The existing rules either don't work or work badly, he underlined.

Is it normal if a person visits a doctor 200 times a year? He goes there as if it's his job. And we have to service him. What a budget can afford it? the deputy PM said.

He noted healthcare wastes from 20% to 40% of spendings, according to the data of the World Heath Organization. I think it's true for Belarus too, Tozik supposed.

The deputy PM proposed that people should co-finance free medical services they get. People don't understand the real cost of medical services. We have a population of almost 10 million people. Material goods are produced by 2.5 million people, who have to feed the rest 7.5 million. It creates a welfare mentality and confidence that looking after one's health is a duty of the state and doctors, not of a person, Tozik said.

We remind Lukashenka recently spoke about a possible introduction of the fee-for-service healthcare system. The dictator thinks Belarusians don't value their health due to free healthcare.

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