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Armenia shows reasonable approach to medical insurance - Gennady  Onishchenko

Armenia shows reasonable approach to medical insurance - Gennady  Onishchenko

ArmInfo.The EAEU countries must ensure that citizens of member states, while staying in another  country of the Union, can receive medical care without thinking about what to pay, Academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences Gennady Onishchenko stated during a video conference Moscow-Astana-Bishkek-Yerevan-Minsk on the topic: "Biosecurity of the EAEU countries."

"You have made a political decision that you need to switch to  insurance medicine. This is a controversial thing," Onishchenko said,  touching on the decision of the RA authorities to introduce a system  of compulsory health insurance.

He recalled the Russian experience in introducing insurance medicine.  <She has been working for more than 10 years. It was difficult and it  is still difficult, because at the first stage we lost prevention. It  turned out that the system itself was interested in the increase in  the number of patients and the severity of their illness," he pointed  out. But, over time, this system was improved in the Russian  Federation and now, in many respects, the state has taken upon itself  to take care of the health of citizens - reproductive functions,  infectious diseases, vaccination, etc.

"As far as I understand, in Armenia they look at this quite  reasonably, introducing health insurance gradually," noted the deputy  head of the Russian Academy of Education.

The academician of the Russian Academy of Sciences believes that it  is important that funding for healthcare increases. "There is a WHO  indicator: 6%-7% of GDP, this is the optimal price that every state  should spend on the health of its citizens. We must remember one more  WHO indicator: 20% of our health is how effectively medical care is  provided, and 80% is you and me, what kind of life we lead, our diet,  attitude towards our own health, being Christians, whether we pray to  pagans "Bacchus, do we smoke," said Onishchenko.

Touching upon the harmonization of the health insurance system within  the EAEU, Gennady Onishchenko recalled that in the countries of the  Union there is an agreement on the provision of emergency assistance,  for example, in cases where it is necessary to save the lives of  victims of road accidents. However, when covering the costs of  further treatment, for example, if the need arises for an operation,  the question arises, who will pay for it. "We must make sure that a  resident of Gyumri in Russia, or, for example, a Russian in Gyumri,  can receive medical care help and didn't think about what to pay so  that the insurance companies would pay each other," he concluded.  

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