First stage of national healthcare system to launch July 1

The first stage of Kazakhstan’s compulsory social health insurance system based on the joint responsibility of the state, employers and citizens will be introduced July 1, announced Kazakh Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev at an April 1 government meeting on improving the healthcare system.

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This issue was discussed as part of the implementation of President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s annual address to the nation “The Third Modernisation of Kazakhstan: Global Competitiveness.”

The head of state directed government and private sector entities to develop promising industries, including 3D-printing, digital services in healthcare and education. Nazarbayev has set a task to develop and adopt a “Digital Kazakhstan” programme.

A wide range of medical services will be provided for the medical insurance system participants. Participation of socially vulnerable layers of the population will be supported by the state.

“The government needs to ensure the necessary healthcare informatisation. Private medical organisations should provide equal conditions in the compulsory social health insurance system to encourage competition. I instruct the government and akims (governors) to carry out a wide range public awareness activities. It is also necessary to legislatively introduce price regulation for all medicines,” the President said in his Jan. 31 address.

The basis for a new model of Kazakhstan’s economic growth should be the qualitative development of human capital. The government has been implementing a set of measures to ensure social modernisation of the country.

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