Medicines Reimbursement Forum Supports Greater Public- and Private-Sector Cooperation

{Left to right: Oleh Petrenko, Head of the National Health Service of Ukraine, Zoryana Skaletska, Ukranian Ministry of Health, and Inna Sacci, Project Director of USAID's SAFEMed Activity. ]{Photo credit: Tetiana Matviichuk}Left to right: Oleh Petrenko, Head of the National Health Service of Ukraine, Zoryana Skaletska, Ukranian Ministry of Health, and Inna Sacci, Project Director of USAID's SAFEMed Activity. Photo credit: Tetiana Matviichuk

On October 25, 2019, the National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU), with support from USAID's SAFEMed Activity, hosted a national forum on Ukraine’s Affordable Medicine Reimbursement Program. The forum brought together more than 150 representatives of pharmacies, distribution companies, doctors, government agencies, and international projects and was a great example of fruitful cooperation between the public and private sectors for the benefit of Ukrainians. 

The national reimbursement program was successfully transferred from the Ministry of Health to the NHSU on April 1, 2019, with the introduction of an electronic prescription system. The forum showcased the results from the first six months since the transition to the NHSU and enabled the exchange of experiences and local solutions for pharmacies across the country. 

Since April, 6.8 million e-prescriptions have been issued by family doctors throughout Ukraine, and 5.7 million of those (84%), amounting to more than 400 million Ukrainian Hryvna, have been filled by the 7,638 participating pharmacies. The Affordable Medicines Program has made several crucial prescription medications for hypertension, type 2 diabetes, and bronchial asthma more affordable and accessible to Ukrainians. 

SAFEMed will continue to support the NHSU to further expand the program for nearly 200,000 type 1 diabetes patients, starting on April 1, 2020.