UZBEKISTAN: implementation of a pilot project for health insurance mechanisms to begin from July 2021

5 May 2021 — Marina MAGNAVAL
In Uzbekistan, effective measures are being taken to improve quality of medical services provided to the population and to create conditions for the financial protection of citizens.

In the Syrdarya region, from July 2021 until the end of 2022, a pilot project will be implemented to introduce a new model of healthcare organization and medical insurance mechanisms, the Yangi Uzbekiston and Pravda Vostoka reported.

Transition to insurance medicine in the country was discussed back in 2018. On November 12, 2020, by a presidential decree, it was determined to establish the State Health Insurance Fund effective December 1, 2020. According to this document, the Syrdarya region was selected for implementation of a pilot project. The project includes five components: improving health care delivery, health governance and management, financing, digitalization and project management.

"This is a very important step. The State Health Insurance Fund acts as a single strategic purchaser of services, which did not exist before. Functioning of the health insurance system in any country (regardless of the financing system or the type of insurance) suggests that the state guarantees all citizens the same approach in the provision of services", said Elena TSOI, National Officer of the WHO Representative Office in Uzbekistan.

In 2021, only state medical institutions will join the insurance program. The first stage will be implemented as an experiment in 2021, the second - in 2023, covering a number of other regions of the country and Tashkent, the third stage will cover the entire country in 2025.

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