More Than 600 Kazakh Medical Organizations Resume Routine Medical Services as Corona Situation Stabilizes

NUR-SULTAN – The Kazakh Social Health Insurance Fund published a list of medical organizations that will be resuming their work with opening dates, the fund’s press service reported. The fund will constantly update the list.

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The national quarantine restrictions suspended the work of medical organizations providing routine medical care around the country. On Aug. 1, Kazakhstan resumed the work on the national level with specialized clinics, multidisciplinary hospitals at the regional, city and district levels, and began moving to resume care at remaining hospitals that are not involved in combating COVID-19.

As of Aug. 10, there are 626 medical organizations, suppliers of the Medical Insurance Fund, that provide planned medical care services. The significant bulk of them are private clinics. The larger share of the medical organizations were re-opened in the Almaty – 67, East Kazakhstan -54 and Almaty regions -50.

“Each region has drawn up its own plan to resume planned medical care, which will vary depending on the epidemiological situation. It is evaluated by the regional headquarters,” the statement reads.

The fund will permit hospitals to open only after ensuring that they follow sanitary and epidemiological standards.

The clinics provide therapeutic, cardiological, gastroenterological, allergological, surgical, neurological, pulmonological, resuscitation, obstetric-gynecological, neurosurgical, traumatological profiles, thoracic surgery, rehabilitation treatment, and medical rehabilitation.

After a long period during which routine medical services were unavailable, the fund expects a significant upsurge in the number of patients. 

“Considering the projected growth in the consumption of medical services, it is possible to fulfill the volumes planned for the current year in just the third quarter. For example, in the first quarter, planned hospitalization increased by 80 percent compared to the same period last year. Specialized medical care in round-the-clock hospitals increased by 15 percent, medical rehabilitation – by 35 percent. The fund, for its part, is making adjustments to the financing plan,” the fund said.

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