The 2018 America’s Pharmacy Tour has been invited to Europe and the Ukraine to share and contrast current directions for community and hospital pharmacy including healthcare. The first visit location in December of 2017 is Kyiv, Ukraine. Why the visit to Ukraine first…which is not a member of the European Union?
After several years of health care turmoil in Ukraine, the recent passage of a key health law reform during October of 2017 to re-establish “free healthcare” for its population has been combined with progress in joining the European Union. Current healthcare options for the Ukraine population is essentially “out-of-pocket”. This system has required 97% of individuals to pay for medicines and 50% delay treatment due to their lack of money….and even compensate surgeons in various ways to ensure treatment. This has occurred even though the government has previously offered “free healthcare”. The new reform healthcare law should also help with the very low salaries for physicians and nurses who work in government provided healthcare locations for less than $40,000 US annually (physicians) and $12,000 US annually (nurses). The new Reform healthcare law just approved indicates all medicines and medical services will be provided to patients entirely or partially paid for by the state through the state insurance system.
This first visit by the 2018 America’s Pharmacy Tour to Europe will involve discussions with Ukraine community pharmacists and hospital clientele to share current US pharmacist and healthcare approaches to meeting patient customer needs through dedicated patient engagement. The contrast between the USA healthcare customer service and payment system and the emerging Ukraine system will be a focus.