Verkhovna Rada committee considered two more important medical bills
The Committee sent both bills to the Verkhovna Rada with recommendations to adopt in the second reading, Mikhail Radutsky, head of the committee on national health, medical care and medical insurance, said.
At a meeting of the Parliamentary Committee on National Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance, two important systemic bills “On Medicines” (No. 5547) and the improvement of medical care (No. 6306) were considered. About it informed head of the committee Mikhail Radutsky.
It is reported that the bill “On Medicines” provides for the introduction of European norms and procedures for the circulation of medicines, the creation of a single regulatory body in this area, reducing administrative pressure on market participants, increasing the availability of medicines and protecting consumers from low-quality medicines.
On November 26, 2021, our committee sent the draft law with amendments to the second reading for consideration by the Verkhovna Rada. But due to hostilities, it became necessary to make additional changes to the bill. In particular, we have changed the dates for the entry into force of the provisions of the document. Because of the war, the Ukrainian “pharma” will need more time to re-equip production to EU requirements, – the head of the committee notes.
Also, the period of state registration of medicines is reduced from 210 to 30 days for the treatment of orphan (rare) diseases, innovative medicines, drugs for the treatment of HIV, hemophilia, oncology, as well as vaccines for which technology has been transferred to Ukraine.
Another of the amendments concerned the principle of territoriality of the online trade in medicines. This principle limits the sale of medicines to the territory of one region, which is contrary to the principles of specificity and limits the consumer’s access to medicines. Therefore, they rejected the amendment and allowed online trade in medicines within the whole of Ukraine,” Radutsky added.
The second bill, which was considered by the Committee (No. 6306), was supported by the parliament in the first reading on February 17 this year.
The document contains several important innovations for the healthcare system: allows the government to set a minimum wage level in state and municipal medical institutions; introduces a rule that medical institutions can spend funds from the SGP exclusively on paying for medical services (wages and the purchase of medicines); provides NSZU with the function of monitoring services in accordance with the terms of the contract; allows the Cabinet of Ministers to set the percentage of profitability for paid services that are not covered by the SGP; clarifies the concept of “hospital district” and their clusters.
By the second reading, the Committee supported the amendment of the Ministry of Health: to provide for a procedure for introducing temporary administration in medical institutions for the period of martial law and an emergency situation. More than three months of war have shown that the lack of the ability to influence the activities of medical institutions sometimes leads to negative consequences. The interim administration will make it possible to quickly resolve the issues of coordination of medical institutions at the central level.
Radutsky said that the Committee sent both bills to the Verkhovna Rada with recommendations to adopt in the second reading.
Recall that the Verkhovna Rada Committee supported the bill on the legalization of medical cannabis.