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Russian medical chamber calls for changes in nationwide medical checkups

November 22, 2013, 4:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, November 21, 23:12 /ITAR-TASS/. Russia’s National Medical Chamber, a nonprofit organisation, has come out with a call for changes in the procedure of nationwide medical checkups of the population assessing the physicians’ comments from the all regions of the country on the current situation in the sphere of preventive care examinations.

The Chamber’s President Leonid Roshal, a renowned Russian paediatrician and a celebrated public figure, said that these days the practice of implementing the healthcare ministry’s regulations should be analysed for the purpose of amending them subsequently.

“There exist several regulations giving rise to criticism in the medical community and one of them concerns the nationwide medical checkups,” he said. “It does not take full of account of the situation in the country. And these medical check-ups have turned into an additional burden on the caseload the general practitioners (GPs) have on their shoulders.”

“One of the most acute issues is that physicians bear a full brunt of responsibility for carrying out the check-ups -- on the managers of clinics, preventive care doctors and therapists,” he said. “Along with this, people themselves have the right to reject medical interference while employers are not particularly happy about their staff to wasting away workhours on medical examinations.”

Authorities in many regions have allotted weekends for holding the prophylactic checkups. “But the turnout has been as low as before, with only ten patients in 80 to 100 people of those who were invited and who gave consent to the examination really coming to take it,” GPs said.

Experts of the National Medical Chamber says with confidence it is necessary to shift responsibility for the medical checkups of the able-bodied population from medical workers to employers.

Excessive demands for the check-ups figures also increase the burden on GPs as it usually takes an hour to fill out all the forms required for just one patient.

“Failing to comply with requirements of the proposed plan targets, the head doctors admit of the fictiotious character of the measure,” the experts said.

Meanwhile, financing of these checkups is a highly sensitive issue, too. Medical experts say the target financing should be weighed out extremely scrupulously.

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