Inefficiencies in the Ukrainian healthcare: do we get the value for money?

Current healthcare system entails multiple inefficiencies. Proposed reforms will mitigate many of them by shifting financing from facilities to services.

Ukraine spends on healthcare over 7 per cent of GDP, in line with many other Eastern European and CIS countries. Unlike in our Western neighbours but similar to CIS countries, almost a half of this spending comes from patients’ pockets. In terms of absolute healthcare spending per capita Ukraine with its low GDP is an outsider among the countries in the region.

Taking into account a modest economic growth forecast, it is unlikely that Ukraine will be able to spend much more on healthcare in the nearest future. Therefore, it is crucial to efficiently use available resources. A recent study of Ukrainian healthcare system allows to discover inefficiencies in it and their causes.

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