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Insurance against Saakashvili2011-12-23 21:19
Georgian ultra-liberal reforms went into reverse. After appearing of the tycoon Bidzina Ivanishvili, who has built socialism in his native Sachkhere, on the political horizon, Saakashvili has also fit of generosity on health insurance and vouchers for the villagers. Of course, not everyone will be insured, only half of the population. And the vouchers perhaps will be worth a sack of fertilizer. But few is better than nothing.
In Georgia there live approximately four million people (plus or minus half a million, as calculated by the authorities and independent experts). And just a million people after the abolition of free health care had got health insurance, fully or partially paid by the state. Aid package was worth only five lari per month and included only the necessary procedures - therapist reception, emergency care, ambulatory services. Pregnancy, dental treatment, treatment of chronic diseases are not paid by preferential insurance and won't, because it is "not insurance cases", but and predictable.
Since 2012 the government of Mikhail Saakashvili decided to extend the program of free insurance for half the population - about two million. As stated by the spokesman of President Manana Manjgaladze, the insurance policies will be issued to people over 60 and children. She also gladdened with the message that in the mining Chiatura, Tskhaltubo and Kazbegi there will soon appear modern hospitals. The authorities during the three year has been promising to open a hundred or a hundred and fifty hospitals - small, but very well equipped, private, and, of course, expensive.
Free, i.e. public hospitals in Georgia are almost gone. All of them have passed into the hands of businessmen. The new owners are obliged to maintain health care facility in the privatized premises during seven years, and then they have the right to open there what they want. The first consequence of this liberal reform was the improvement for which the state at the time had no funds (this is not "defense industry", which needs money so much). And it would be taken with enthusiasm, but with a new technique Georgian hospitals got new prices. The cost of medical services has increased on average from 82 GEL to 224 GEL per person, which is over 270 percent! Stay of a child older three years in the clinic n.a. Zhvania now costs 400 GEL per day - twice more than the monthly salary of a teacher! The state cannot regulate these prices, since all the leverages are in private hands.
The high prices have made health care unavailable, and recently even President Saakashvili, usually staying in the belief that he has built a paradise on earth, admitted it.
But in fact, medical heaven in a certain region of Georgia was built by completely different person, whom the president fears more than fire. This is the oligarch Bidzina Ivanishvili, who gave free treatment to residents of Sachkhere and to all sick people who accidently appeared in this region. And it is not only about the doctor reception, but also complex operations, paid by Ivanishvili's fund.
Saakashvili's supporters call such assistance from the tycoon dirty in Georgia word "socialism". But capitalism usually satisfies only a small percentage of the rich, and socialist ideas are shared by the majority - wage workers. So the liberal government of Saakashvili had to give some social benefits to the people in order to stay in power.