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Illness too costly for a Georgian, treatment too fearful2011-03-18 21:36
Parliamentary opposition threatens Georgian Minister of Health, Labour and Social Protection Andriy Urushadze with "ferocious debates". Yesterday, Christian-Democrats gave the floor to medical experts and found out that the socially oriented branch is decaying in the conditions of reforms of Mikhail Saakashvili's government. Hospitals are put up for sale, unique centers are closed down, doctors go to study abroad and the pharmaceutical market is flooded by extremely expensive drugs that are prohibited in EU. Meanwhile, Georgians are dying even of a common flue, dreading paid medicine like fire.
The Christian Democrats oppositional fraction promised Minister of Health Andriy Urushadze to arrange "ferocious debates" in the Georgian parliament. One of the party leaders Giorgy Targamadze stated that this was induced by an "excessively hard situation in the social sphere and those problems that have accumulated in the field of health care". One of these days, medical experts painted an unhappy picture.
Outraging changes are going on in the institutions sold for a song. For instance, president of the medical trade union Johnny Janashia reported mass dismissals of medical staff in a number of hospitals. According to him, 900 employees lost their job only in the Republican hospital.
Some high-tech medical institutions simply disappear, as it happened to the Burns Center. "It was a unique center in the entire of the post-Soviet space and it's got no analogue in the Caucasus but it was shut down because of privatization and will be transferred to some hospital as a department consisting of ten doctors", - Janashia reported.
Other important branches of the Georgian medicine are also facing abolition - parasitology, venereology, dermatology, human reproduction. As Janashia remarked, infectious hospital has been sold to Aversi company for nothing, while the Institute of Parasitology got into the hands of the unlucky Block Georgia company that in fact loused up the 100 New Hospitals project that Saakashvili initiated when running for his second presidential term.
One of these days, Georgian government put up the First City Hospital for sale, which is known as Aramyants Clinic. Its buildings were sold by retail. Six of them were bought by a Russian businessman of the Indian origin Daniel Gupta. According to the Georgian medical community, he has no relation to health care and is only interested in real estate speculations. That's why Gupta buys not only medical facilities but also the adjoining territories. It is unclear in what way he will redesign the clinic, so the experts spoke out against his deals with the government.