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Ministry of Healthcare: Kazakhstan to create a two-tier model of emergency medical service

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by August 9, 2017 Legal

During the briefing at the Government press center, Deputy Minister of Healthcare Lyazzat Aktayeva spoke of the modernization of primary health care (PHC) in the frame work of implementing the Densaulyk Healthcare Development State Program for 2016-2019.

Lyazzat Aktayeva reported that the State Program aims at improving population health to ensure stable social and economic development of the country. Seven main directions were identified, one of which is the provision of primary health care (PHC).

Annually, more than 50 million visits to PHC doctors are registered in Kazakhstan. Every Kazakhstani averages in 3 visits, while in OECD countries this figure is 6.7, � Lyazzat Aktayeva said.

To ensure comprehensiveness and to improve the quality and accessibility of medical aid, a policy is being implemented to integrate all healthcare services around the patient’s needs.

The PHC model structure was revised with the aim of developing minor forms of general medical practice. This will reduce the burden on a single doctor to the level of OECD countries by 2019 (up to 1500 people).

To facilitate the activities of PHC medical workers, the number of reporting and accounting forms has been reduced 30%, which will reduce the paperwork and reduce the burden on healthcare workers and queues in PHC organizations, � the Deputy Minister explained.

Also, due to the simplified process of prescribing medicines for 3 months at one go, the time spent by patients on visits to polyclinics was significantly reduced. Monthly prescription of free medicines is retained only for expensive and rare drugs.

In addition, an integrated model is being implemented for five groups of diseases, which provides for the breakdown of healthcare organizations based on three levels of medical aid provision at the regional level.

In order to improve rendering of emergency aid, a new two-tier model of emergency medical aid service will be created. The model with a unified information support system is being tested in Pavlodar and Kyzylorda regions, � Lyazzat Aktayeva said.

She also noted that Kazakhstan plans to introduce a new format for the reception rooms of multi-purpose hospitals: a triage system, a patient-oriented approach, and a revision of the personnel and material-and-technical equipment of the departments.

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Source: Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan

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