Kazakhstan’s doctors force patients to buy medicines. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Erbolat Dossaev in an expanded meeting of the board of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

“The issues of medicine provision cause discontent among the population. I constantly receive requests from members of the Parliament and appeals from various associations with regards to the provision of medicines at all levels. There are instances of failure to provide medications to patients, doctored records of issued medicines, use of free medicines to provide paid services. There have been cases where doctors forced patients to buy medicines. Local executive bodies need to pay attention to this. Many executive bodies complained that they do not have funds to keep providing necessary medicines until the end of the year,” – he said.

According to E. Dossaev, the strictest measures should be applied to the heads of medical organizations.

“I have given the appropriate instructions to conduct an audit in all regions by the end of April. After that, we will get to the bottom of it – where, why and what is missing," – he said.


Published: 28 February 2018


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