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People who cannot be helped by the Universal Health Insurance Program

Published: July 23, 2013 | 2:51 pm
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Are people really getting the benefits from the Universal Health Insurance Program? The citizen Vazha Petriadze has been asking the State for help wince last August – his son is requiring urgent medical attention. Mr. Petriadze explains to TV3 that he owes sums totalling 102 000 GEL to the Railway and Iashvili Hospitals for medical treatment, while the State has only been willing to help him out with 18 000 GEL. Having written to the Health Minister Davit Sergeenko on several occasions, he has received a response from the Ministry saying that the State does not currently have the resources to pay for his son’s treatment in full.
A spokesman for the Health Ministry has told TV3 that there is currently a set upper limit of 15 000 GEL for urgent inpatient treatment. The sum is handed out as a single payment, and does not require any additional payments from the patient. However, there are 45 registered cases where patients have been required to pay considerably more, and they are currently being studied, the Health Ministry spokesman says.

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