“Our country, unfortunately, does not even try to fulfill that optimal obligation. States like ours are proposed to allocate 4-5% of GDP on healthcare, while our country now allocates 2% of GDP, and the government plans to reduce it to 1, 8%,” Hovhannes Madoyan, Head of“Human Rights House” Yerevan office said.
Madoyan underlines that the largest vulnerable group is more than a million people living below the poverty line and is deprived of that universal access.
Violeta Zopunyan, Head of “Rights Development Center” NGO, says that universal access to health has several components, the first of which, of course, is financial access and availability.
“It is important to note that all legislative regulations highlight the fact that health should be accessible to all groups of population and discrimination should not be imposed on any social group or on the basis of any disease,” Zopunyan said.
She also highlights the availability and accessibility of the territory, which, according to him, should be accessible and of the same quality both in Yerevan and in the regions.
“This is a fundamental right stipulated in the legal acts ratified by the Republic of Armenia. There are legal regulations, the problem is to exercise the patient's right to operate the legislative framework as it does,” Zopunyan underlines.
Madoyan adds that the second obstacle to universal access to health is discrimination.
“It's more about people with HIV and tuberculosis. That's why people often apply to doctors very late and are diagnosed late,” Madoyan said.
Satenik Badalyan from#17 polyclinic says that the primary medical centers, the polyclinics, are free of charge for all layers of the population but it does not mean free of charge in all aspects.
“It is free to the extent that the state can afford to reimburse, which is not unlimited. The population has the wrong opinion that everything should be free but that's not true. Most of the examinations including inpatient care are not free of charge for socially vulnerable groups. No charge is also made if there is no medical prescription but the patient wants to go through this or that examination,” Badalyan said.
She underlines that in all other cases both therapeutic and laboratory instrumental examinations, narrow consultations and all other services are free and available for the public.
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Lilit Arakelyan, editor/events coordinator at “Media Center”
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