Young woman goes to polyclinic once a year, grandmother - 25 times


"The country has about 2% of the population that, to put it mildly,  goes to the polyclinic too often. This is a fairly large number of patients, because there are people who come to the doctor every day or every other day," BelTA quotes the deputy of the House of Representatives Dzmitry Shautsou

He offers two options: make a visit to the polyclinic cost the price of travel ticket or provide 11 free visits per year, and charge for money for the rest, but more than the value of tickets. 

Euroradio visits clinic 15 in Grushauka to discuss the initiative of the deputy. At noon it has plenty of people inside, 6-7 people are in line. 

"I support paid visits, even though I am a pensioner, I am 76 years old, but then there will be fewer people in lines. Sometimes old ladies come here just to talk. If it is too expensive , my daughter will help," says Zinaida Fyodarauna. 

She goes to the clinic several times a month. It come up to 25 visits a year, admits the pensioner. 

Young Alyaksandra has come to the polyclinic for a sick-note.

"The idea of paid polyclinics is wrong. What if someone gets sick often? It is better to build more clinics. And these limits will solve nothing," said Alyaksandra. She comes to the clinic less than two times a year.

Alyaksei is in the clinic for a certificate, he wants to get a job. He is done with his visit in five minutes, and does not want to pay money per visit. 

"I have good health. But if a person is 50 +, he will have to go often, and if one has to pay for it, they will not have enough money from the pension."

Following him out of the clinic is a young girl Anastasia. She is also against paying for medical services. 

"This issue is being decided now, it is too early to say how rational it is. There are people who go to the clinic often, those are patients with some chronic diseases," explains an official in the administration of Minsk 15 clinic. 

In Minsk clinic 36 the administration speaks more boldly: there should be a fee.

"We are definitely in favor of it! We're not talking about all visits costing a fee, there must be categories served free of charge. There is a category that can pay," says an official in the administration

Previously it was Deputy Prime Minister Anatoly Tozik who proposed to charge for visits. In March the Deputy Prime Minister priced a trip to the doctor 5 thousand rubles. It turns out that in six months price of the visit fell by a thousand, because the ticket is now worth 4,000 rubles.