On October 4, Tatiana Moskalkova addressed the meeting of the Coordinating Council of the Commissioners for Human Rights of the Southern and North Caucasian Federal Districts devoted to realization of citizens' rights to healthcare and medical assistance.
"The right to healthcare and medical assistance stands out above all social rights enshrined in the Constitution of the Russian Federation. The health status determines whether a citizen will be able to realize all other rights," the High Commissioner noted.
However, despite positive trends in ensuring the right to healthcare and medical assistance, there are problems in this area, as evidenced by the number of complaints received by the High Commissioner. Following a slight decrease in 2015, the number of appeals on the observance and protection of citizens’ rights to healthcare reached 792, including 19 collective complaints.
In 2018, the High Commissioner received 538 appeals on citizens' rights to healthcare and medical assistance (as of September 24, 2018). Most complaints concerned preventive medical and mental health care, medicine provision, compulsory health insurance and palliative medical care.
Tatiana Moskalkova noted that provision of health care is directly linked to providing citizens of the Russian Federation with medicine for the prevention and treatment of diseases. However, the analysis of appeals to the High Commissioner demonstrates that citizen entitled to concessional terms for medicines face substantial challenges particularly due to the imperfection of the procurement system.
"Funding and improvement of health care legislation are the two fundamental areas to be addressed to bring healthcare and medical assistance to a qualitatively new level," Tatiana Moskalkova concluded.