Winning the Eurovision Song Contest, medical reform: what Ukraine was like in 2016

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In 2016, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest for the second time – with Jamala’s song “1944”. Also this year, the largest bank was nationalized – PrivatBank. In addition, in Ukraine in 2016 under the slogan “Money follows the patient” began medical reform. This year is also marked by decommunization and “Leninopad”. And in 2016, a new Ukrainian star of world boxing shone – Vasyl Lomachenko.

We tell about it in the new issue of the documentary series “30 years of Independence” on the UA TV channel.

So, at Eurovision 2016, Ukraine wins again. Jamala’s song is a whole musical story about the real Crimean history in 1944 and the deportation of Crimean Tatars from the peninsula. The whole nation was evicted in one night, deliberately accused of collaborating with the Nazis. Crimean Jamala – Susana Jamaladinova – sings about her family and the whole nation, and wins.

During the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Ukrainians won 117 medals, including 41 gold, 37 silver and 39 bronze, and took third place in the team standings.

In 2016, American Ulana Suprun became the acting head of the Ministry of Health. Under her leadership, health care reform begins.

To begin with, everyone will have to choose a family doctor and make a declaration with him. Now referral to specialized specialists is only through them. For one patient, the doctor will receive UAH 370, and from 2019 – UAH 450. Children and pensioners are “more expensive”. Here is the slogan – “money follows the patient”. And there may be up to 2,000 patients. Medical cards will be electronic, and it will be possible to receive consultations by phone.

“Instead of a “kolkhoz” (collective farm) impersonal system of work in the old Soviet clinics, the doctor became a unit. The family doctor became the one whom the system began to notice, whose work became tangible and meaningful” – said Oleksandr Linchevskyi, Deputy Minister of Health of Ukraine (2016-2019).

But the changes will provoke diametrically opposed views. A “side” moment of medical reform is that the state health service will fund hospitals selectively, depending on the services provided.

Several times Suprun is being tried for resignation.

In 2020, when the primary health care system is already reformed, medical reform will be suspended and Suprun will resign.

The corner of Bohdan Khmelnytsky and Ivan Franko streets in Kyiv. Here is a monument in the form of a crumpled sheet of paper. On July 20, 2016 at 7:45 a car hurries down the street. And it explodes just at the crossroads. When the driver is reached, he is still alive. This is journalist Pavlo Sheremet. He was going on a regular morning broadcast.