Ukrainian private clinics
Only the lazy people did not speak about domestic medicine. But whatever our attitude towards the Ukrainian health care system, it is high time to understand that free health care in Ukraine, as in most countries of the world today, is not and never will be.
Want - pay!
Few people would think to demand free bread in the store, because you have to pay for any product or service. The same applies to medical care. If you want to receive qualified treatment, a clean room and attentive attitude, then it is better to immediately pass through government institutions and give preference to a private clinic. In Ukraine, the services of private medical centers annually resort to more and more people. Firstly, because you still have to pay for the "free" medicine, but not at the cashier’s office — to improve service and purchase new equipment, but to your doctor’s pocket. And secondly, God only knows when our healthcare system, which is in the process of endless reforms, will be able to provide Ukrainians with qualified family doctors.
Today, about 20% of Ukrainians regularly use the services of private medical centers, most of whom are residents of the capital. The overwhelming majority of such centers treats already existing problems, but more and more attention is paid to the diagnostic and prophylactic aspects, because to prevent the disease is not only easier, but also cheaper.
What is a private clinic
Most of the private medical centers in Ukraine are small narrow-profile rooms. The most popular destinations aredentistry,urology,gynecology,venereology,surgeryandUltrasound. The popularity of these areas is due to the fact that private centers offer a more pleasant environment for solving sensitive health problems. In Ukraine, there are more than 30 thousand private medical centers, of which about 50 companies can provide expert help, and no more than twenty will boast a full range of medical services. Among the most famous clinics -"Medicom","Boris",Eurolab,"Dobrobut","Oberig", specialized assistance in certain areas of medicine will provide centers"Isis"(gynecology),"Lisod"(oncology),"Ailaz","Excimer"(ophthalmology) and others. Private clinics provide clients with qualified consultations of specialist doctors, hospital services, diagnostic procedures, children's medical care, operations, and emergency services.
offer private medical facilities
Private clinics today are mainly represented by two types:highly specialized medical offices(gynecological, dental) andfull spectrum clinics. The latter offerConsultations of children and adult medical specialists,stationary departments,operating units,intensive care,diagnostic centersandrehabilitation physiotherapy departments. When reputable clinics operate research centers.
Private clinics of the full spectrum most often work in the following areas:gynecology,endocrinology,urology,otolaryngology,proctology,dermatology,oncology,therapy,neurology,gastroenterology,surgery,traumatology,surgery,allergology,cardiology,ophthalmology,pediatrics,dentistry. You can contact such clinics anonymously, but it is advisable to have with youcopy of medical record, which informs the doctor about allergies to drugs, the presence of vaccinations and past illnesses.
Cost of services
Unfortunately, due to the rather high prices for medical services, private medical centers are only available to one-fifth of Ukrainians. The target audience of private institutions is people with incomes above the average, which is why most of these clinics are concentrated in million-plus cities: Kiev, Donetsk, Lviv, Odessa, Dnipropetrovsk. Private clinics can be found in places of elite rest, such as Yalta. The services of private clinics are also used by clients of insurance companies. Medical care under the insurance policy will cost at least 5 thousand hryvnia per year. For patients who rarely visit hospitals and who do not have serious health problems, it will be more profitable to pay for each admission separately.
Consultation with a specialist (therapist, oncologist, gynecologist) in a private medical institution will cost about 220-280 hryvnia, you will need to pay from 160 to 300 hryvnias for ultrasound on the latest equipment, and for a MRI of the brain - within a thousand.Calling an ambulance from a private hospital will cost from 800 hryvnia, and one day in hospital - at least a thousand. But the number of Ukrainians who want to use the services of private medical clinics is growing every year. What is the reason?
Firstly, private centers try to bring the standards of treatment and diagnostics as close as possible to European ones. Against the background of medical institutions in developed countries, our medical centers are quite competitive.
Many public health facilities have lost the trust of the population: bribes, unqualified doctors, contracts with pharmacies, as well as dangerous and expensive examinations, which are often not necessary. The existing health care system in Ukraine shows inconsistency, especially in the context of an acute shortage of specialists in the newly introduced family medicine system.
How to choose a medical center
It is better to take the choice of the clinic with the utmost seriousness, because your health and, possibly, even your life depends on it. So, what you need to pay attention first of all? First, do not hesitate to ask for a license, if there is no desire to entrust their health to charlatans.Unfortunately, in Ukraine there is no state register of private medical centers, and therefore the choice is made by trial and error.
Next - reputation: you should definitely ask how this or that clinic is popular and meets the requirements of clients. Such reviews can be found in the Network on the resources devoted to medicine and health care. Having chosen this or that center, go to the "trial" consultation to finally make a decision. If possible, you can visit several centers.
An important selection criterion is the experience of the clinic. In this situation, time is the best assessment of the quality of a company, because only reputable medical service providers can stay afloat.
Please note whether the selected clinic has branches in other cities. Serious centers, as a rule, have their own reputable sites.
It is also important and placement of the clinic regarding the place of residence. Private medical centers are not geographically fixed, however, in the case of an emergency call to the doctor’s house or the ambulance service, the extra kilometers can cost lives.
Pay attention to the list of services provided.Can the selected clinic offer all the necessary examinations, tests and consultations? If you need a specific specialist, you should pay attention to highly specialized medical offices.
Be sure to check out the clinic staff: do they have advanced degrees, extensive experience, awards and titles. Particular attention should be paid to the contract: are there any special items "with asterisks"; It is very important to understand all the incomprehensible moments.
Private or public?
Attentive attitude, individual approach, recording at a convenient time, new equipment and qualified specialists can hardly be demanded from the local clinic with huge queues and the lack of the most necessary things in the first-aid kit. The problem of queues in families with small children is particularly relevant, as the chance to catch the virus in a crowded hospital is very high. Where to go for medical care is a personal matter for everyone. But it is quite logical that free medicine to private clinics is not a competitor.
As a rule, private medical institutions carefully select personnel, therefore, having turned to them for help, you can count on better service, however, treatment in them will cost you a lot.A reasonable solution would be to visit both the district clinic and private medical institutions. It is better to choose the latter for analysis, ultrasound and other research, since, as a rule, private hospitals are better equipped. Also, a private clinic is convenient in the case when the patient needs enhanced observation. Some resort to the services of private doctors in order to find "their" doctor, who will be happy to answer and advise you at any time, even by phone.
Among the undoubted advantages of private clinics can also be called the free choice of a doctor and hospital regardless of the place of residence. Serious medical centers have their official websites, where you can sign up for a consultation, get acquainted with the list of services, staff and prices. On the Net, you can also get acquainted with reviews of a particular medical facility, which will help you make the right and thoughtful choice in favor of health - the greatest human value.