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Substitute for the Georgian medicine2010-02-12 11:58
The state of the Georgian clinics attracted the attention of the people's defender. The greatest concern was aroused by mental hospitals "dishonoring" the patients. However, the situation in other institutions is no better. New hospitals are still not built, while the old ones have switched to paid services. Ministry of Health decided to place the stake on medical foreign tourists seeking low prices.
The health care field in Georgia is seriously ill. Such diagnosis can be made according to the results of the mental hospitals monitoring performed by people's defender Georgi Tugushi. He discovered the system problems of the field, as Trend News report.
Tugushi draw the attention of Minister of Labor, Health and Social Protection Alexander Kvitashvili to the fact that the budget means are unfairly distributed between the clinics; there are no medical services for the mentally sick people. The professional level of the medical personnel is low, and the equipment is outdated. Living conditions in the hospitals are unbearable; they can be characterized as "inhuman and dishonoring".
Although the conversation mostly touched upon mental hospitals, the situation in other health care sectors is no better. As GeorgiaTimes already reported, medical help is the last thing the Georgian people think about when they fall ill. That is the reason of the great number of victims of the so-called "swine flu", A/H1N1. For today, 30 people have died including 5 pregnant women.
Medicine was turned into business, like all the rest of the fields in Georgia that is deeply immersed in capitalism.
Last year, the health care field became 100 percent paid. The government represented this fact as "improvement" on the way of reforming.
Insurance policies have been paid for the socially unprotected people. Those who have got money can buy "insurance policies" in the context of the co-financing program: the state paid more than three laris per month for a "five-dollar" policy, while the citizen pays less than two. However, on an annualized basis, the amount turned up to be too large, so only 120 thousand people took part in the program instead the expected 500 thousand participants.
Well, why then the potential patients took time to take out a policy? Firstly, the medical services package offered for five laris was too small. Secondly, the state and the equipment of the clinics and hospitals do not inspire the patients' confidence. They were built in the times of the USSR, and there have almost been no changes in the health care field within the last 20 years.
When Mikhail Saakashvili was striving after power, stepping on the petals of the Rose Revolution he promised to bring the living conditions to the western standards. The program of struggling with poverty was initiated, which success may be estimated by the figure of 950 thousand people (almost one fourth of the Georgian population), for whom paid medical care is unavailable and whom the state has insured.
Besides, in the stormy 2007, Saakashvili presented a promising 100 New Hospitals program. These hospitals were aimed at replacing the Soviet inheritance. Policlinics, hospitals and health centers were put up for sale. Even the republican hospital of Tbilisi was put up for auction. Buying an old institution, the investors promised to build at least one new institution instead.