The rights of the displaced persons to medical care: an opinion poll

At the end of 2015, the experts of the Chuguev Human Rights Group conducted an opinion poll of the internally displaced persons (in a face-to-face manner), who had sought medical care at the public and municipal health agencies of the Kharkov Region.

The research was aimed at ascertaining how much the health care needs of the internally displaced persons are actually met, as well as the needs in drugs and medical products, and at evaluating whether the treatment is continuous and free.

Overall, 104 people were polled. Of the participants, 65% (68) are the former residents of the Donetsk Region, 35% – of the Lugansk Region. 42% of the participants rent housing, 29% reside with the relatives or friends, 6% reside with the strangers who provided them with free accommodation, and the final 23% reside in the housing provided by the state.

Among the main issues, which affect the internally displaced persons, are the search for accommodation, the nutritional needs, the difficulties in finding jobs and receiving medical care.
The poll also revealed that 68% of the displaced persons have sought medical care at the public health agencies, but 38% of them did not provide any information on being an IDP while seeking medical care. Almost all those who have sought medical care received such care (83% of them received it free of charge, 17% partially paid for the services).

Also the participants noted that in several districts of the Kharkov Region a simplified procedure of checkup by the medical social expert commission was introduced for the displaced from the Donetsk and Lugansk Regions, who are disabled or have occupational diseases.

However, a number of typical transgressions faced by the displaced persons with chronic illnesses was discovered as well. There have been cases of refusal to provide medical care to the displaced persons with HIV on the grounds of persons seeking medical care not at their registered residence.

Furthermore, there have been cases of refusal to provide specialized medical services as a result of: the lack of necessary equipment and/or drugs, placing in the queue, insufficient funding.

The research was conducted by the Chuguev Human Rights Group within the framework of the project “The Continuation of Activity of “Community Center for the Evaluation of the Quality of Medical Care Provided to the Internally Displaced Persons” with the assistance of the International Fund “Rebirth”.

 

Source: Information Portal of the Kharkov Human Rights Group

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