NEWS AND EVENTS
April 25, 2012
One Goal, Different Stakeholders
Private sector as an active partner in healthcare development
Several important events took place in the development of private medical institutions last month, one after another. Cabinet of Ministers approved the updated regulations on licensing of medical activities and a list of specialized medical activities to be licensed for private medical institutions. Representatives of this health field informed of the establishment of a private clinic association, which is currently under the state registration.
2,150 private clinics operate in Uzbekistan at the present time, including advanced diagnostic and therapeutic, narrow-purpose, multisectoral, and disinfection centers. They are chiefly engaged in the development of high-tech diagnostic and therapeutic care, and minor surgery. For example, private clinics numbered eight up-to-date computers and magnetic resonance imaging devices in 2008. To date, the number of such equipment there has increased up to 28 units.
Meanwhile, private medical institutions of the country remain a relatively new phenomenon; they are still on their formation stage.
Many of organizational issues are under consideration, including their interaction with the Ministry of Health and its subordinate agencies.
The recent changes might turn the next steps in this direction.
“All amendments and specifications in the licensing regulation aim at enhancement of quality of medical care and strict provision of the legislation,” emphasized Anvar Alimov, Deputy Health Minister. “In particular, it is envisaged to reduce the list of medical services licensed for private medical institutions from 70 to 50 items mainly due to the implementation of the law that guarantees free health care for children. This field, as well as ambulance and emergency medical care associated with high risk to health remains a challenge for public health institutions.”
“Public and private clinics are operating within a unified health system, they face the same task,” says Adham Vaisov, member of the initiative group on the establishment of Private Clinic Association. “Our association is expected to become a coordinating body that should contribute to strengthening the private sector\'s role in health development through the introduction of high-tech methods of diagnosis and treatment.”
Meetings of private clinic officials with the administrative staff of the Ministry of Health are another new practice that contributes to the development of the private health sector. Several dialogues have been already held: the participants outlined the tasks to be addressed at the legislative and organizational level. (Source: “Uzbekistan Today” newspaper)