President of Kazakhstan, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, who is continuing his working trip to Aktobe, visited the local medical center where he was told about the experience of creating a medical cluster and the prospects for applying the cluster approach in regional healthcare, Kazpravda.kz cites the Akorda press service reporting.
Tokayev also addressed the International Scientific and Practical Conference "Protecting public health: policy, science, education, practice of primary healthcare." He called the health of the nation the main wealth of the state.
"Aktobe Medical Center makes a significant contribution to the development of national medicine. Today, residents of the region can receive efficient services in neurosurgery, pediatric cardiology, transplantation," - President said, noting positive dynamics of medical and demographic situation in the country. Over the years of independence the country's population increased by 2 mln, life expectancy grew by 6 years. 219 new hospitals, 1,200 modern clinics and outpatient centers were built. The country's clinics perform the most complicated surgeries.
He elaborated on measures to further upgrade the healthcare infrastructure, improve the quality of medical services, increase their availability, develop domestic medical science, and also digitize the branch.
"Primary care should be as close to people as possible. High-quality medical services should be fully accessible to all citizens, regardless of where they live. In addition, in the coming years, it will be necessary to increase spending on public health services and primary healthcare to 60% of the total funding for the industry. As a result, the cost of prevention will reach the level of OECD nations by the year 2025, "said the Head of State, adding that in 2019-2021 about 120 billion tenge will be budgeted for the construction of 10 medical facilities in seven regions. Over the next three to five years, it is necessary to address material and transport provision of domestic medicine, rural including.
“The task of increasing availability and quality of medical care cannot be attained without raising the status and prestige of the medical profession. From June 1, 2019, wages will be 30% raised to certain categories of public sector workers, including physicians. Requirements need be raised to the training quality of medical specialists, not only the theoretical basis is important, but also practical skills, so part of the regional clinics should be transferred to medical universities. Big cities Nur-Sultan, Almaty and Shymkent should become centers of high-tech medicine ", - the President of Kazakhstan believes.