The State Duma rejected a bill that proposed giving more powers to regions to organize medical care.
On December 5, the State Duma rejected a bill that proposed giving more powers to organize medical care in clinics. The decision of parliament is reported in the document card.
We are talking about an initiative introduced in the summer of 2022 by the Deputy Speaker of the State Duma Vladislav Davankov and Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Regional Policy and Local Self-Government Sardana Avksentieva. They proposed to allow private clinics to be involved in organizing medical care for the population. To regional authorities it was proposed to transfer service areas to newly created medical organizations of any form of ownership that provide primary health care within the framework of the state guarantee program. It was stipulated that after the liquidation of a medical institution, its service areas could be transferred to organizations of any form of ownership. The procedure for such transfer was to be determined at the level of local authorities.
The State Duma Committee on Health Protection recommended rejecting the bill. The Committee on Regional Policy and Local Self-Government made the same decision. His conclusion states that the initiative carries the risk of an unjustified “flow” of finances to private medical organizations to the detriment of public ones, “since if there is a choice between medical organizations of different forms of ownership, the population will choose private ones.” As a result, this bill may “weaken,” first of all, the state system of medical organizations.”