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Ukraine Boosts Medical Reform PR Newswire DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine, June 22, 2012 DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine, June 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The new Regional Perinatal Center (RPC) with the capacity of four thousand births per year was opened

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Ukraine Boosts Medical Reform
PR Newswire
DNIPROPETROVSK, Ukraine, June 22, 2012
DNIPROPETROVSK,
Ukraine
,
June 22, 2012
/PRNewswire/ --
The new Regional Perinatal Center (RPC) with the
capacity of four thousand births per year was opened
in southeastern Ukrainian city of Dnipropetrovsk. This
was the result of the "New Life" program launched by
the President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych. So far
there are six such centers up and running in
Ukraine
.
According to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola
Azarov, who was present at the opening ceremony,
there are plans to open one such center in every region
of
Ukraine
by the end of 2012.
New RPC in Dnipropetrovsk consists of obstetrics and gynecology wards with a
200 bed capacity. Comparatively the Comer Children's Hospital at the
University of Chicago operates at 155 beds capacity. Dnipropetrovsk RPC
occupies the area of up to 196 thousand square feet. The total cost of the
project was estimated at
USD 12.2 million
, which includes a little over
three
million dollars
worth of modern medical equipment installed in the new center.
The Center boasts two operating rooms, intensive care units for newborns and
women as well as modern diagnostics equipment allowing the center with its
560 highly qualified doctors to offer a living chance to children and infants who
weigh a little over a pound.
The first perinatal center in Dnipropetrovsk region was launched in
December
2011
in Kryvyi Rih. Since its opening the 154 bed center with 3,000 births
annual capacity was instrumental in delivering more than 1,400 births.
Healthcare reform in
Ukraine
kicked off in January 2011 with the pilot project in
Donetsk, Dnipropetrovsk and Vinnytsya regions. The full-fledged healthcare
reform is planned for 2013.
In 2012, the pilot program has been gradually extended to most of Ukraine's
regions. In 2013, the national system is expected to come online in accordance
with a new law establishing the general rules and principles for healthcare
services in Ukraine.
Ukraine's
current healthcare system is highly ineffective. The core of the
problem is the model for funding this care, which prevents the state from
ensuring a decent level of healthcare services. The main goal of the pilot
is to determine a new approach to healthcare funding that will uphold the
interests of those who need healthcare services and those who provide them.