Kazakhstan prepares for newly adapted social health insurance

ASTANA – Kazakh Healthcare Minister Yelzhan Birtanov has proposed new approaches to the free medical care and medical benefits package under the compulsory social health insurance system, reported priminister.kz.


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The model will be implemented in three phases. In the first stage, a full audit of medical care under existing conditions will be conducted as it relates to guaranteed free medical care. Maximum attention will be paid to detail and optimisation by prioritising and limiting medical services.

In the second stage, a new model of guaranteed free medical care will be presented simultaneously with the introduction of compulsory social health insurance. Birtanov noted this phase will be characterised by defining the clear boundaries of the state’s obligations under the programme and further ensuring the policy aimed at developing preventive and primary health care. The process will also include full-scale transition to the health insurance system and its continued development.

The third stage will involve a regular update to the lists of guaranteed free medical care and compulsory social health insurance, taking into account developing medical technologies.

The healthcare ministry guarantees medical care will be provided to every person in an emergency situation, as well as for pandemics and diseases that can result in demographic crises or disability.

The detailed list of guaranteed free medical care developed for the current year is structured according to the norms of medical care with an emphasis on the preventive direction of primary health care.

“In the system of compulsory social health insurance, medical assistance will be aimed at improving the quality of life of every citizen. The bill introducing the new model of guaranteed volume of free medical care and the medical benefits package in the compulsory social health insurance system has been prepared. The bill passed all examination stages,” said Birtanov.

Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev instructed the healthcare ministry to conduct outreach work with the public, noting the need for every citizen to know which medical care is provided free of charge and which is on a fee basis.

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