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Over 225 thousand Kazakhstani nurses and mid-level health professionals to get 30% wage increase – Ministry of Healthcare

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by February 28, 2019 Business

According to the Ministry of Healthcare, from July 1, 2019, the wages of all low-income nurses and junior medical staff will be increased by 30%. The salaries of doctors in the most demanded professions will also be increased. Thus, the salary of nursing staff from 76 thousand tenge will increase to 100 thousand tenge, junior staff � from 48 thousand tenge to 63 thousand tenge.

The salaries will be raised for more than 225 thousand nurses and mid-level personnel and more than 29 thousand doctors, said Birtanov.

According to the Ministry of Healthcare, 595 facilities are planned to be built in order to increase the availability of primary health care by 2021, 577 of which will be located in rural areas, and 18 in urban areas. Thus, by 2021 small medical and sanitary first-aid posts will be built, and the number of visits to each facility will be reduced from 20 to 10. About 42% of the funds allocated for the construction of these facilities will be covered by public-private partnerships.

Along with this, in accordance with the instructions of the Head of State, it is planned to gradually increase funding for primary health care by 20%. As a result, financing of these areas will increase by 2.3 times and will amount to 936 billion tenge by 2022.

In addition, health care costs will double in terms of vaccination coverage, expanding screening for major diseases, and raising public awareness about healthy lifestyles. The role of the general practitioner will be strengthened, and the hospitalization of major diseases will be reduced by 30%, early detection of cancer will be reduced, and infectious diseases controlled by vaccines will be reduced.

In general, 120 billion tenge will be allocated for the development of health care, 10 health facilities will be built in 7 regions of the country. This will allow to treat about 100,000 patients in new hospitals annually.

In addition, as part of a public-private partnership, another 15 major hospitals will be built in addition to 56 dilapidated hospitals.

Source: The Prime Minister of Kazakhstan

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