Basically, they’re taking our money and we’re getting ‘free healthcare’ in exchange. Meanwhile, people are increasingly obliged to turn to paid consultations and treatment.
We are told that because the state has given doctors a free education, they should now pay back their debt
But Germany, for example, has 43 medical universities, almost all of which are state schools. And for German citizens — as well as for most foreign students — the education is free. Does that mean that German doctors have mandatory post-graduation job placements somewhere far from home? No. Young doctors are attracted by good working conditions, and no one is saying that they are obliged to work off some unpaid debt.
We are told that our education is high-quality.
In order to get a medical degree in Belarus, you need six years of university study. Meanwhile, EU countries require 10–14 years, depending on the specialization. What kind of technology are we using that allows us to reduce the training period by half? None at all! Instead, insufficiently trained specialists are assigned to a hospital where they’re made to take on the duties of three doctors at once. This may be great practice, but there’s one problem — their guinea pigs are human. No sane person should be satisfied with such training.
Another problem is the doctor shortage.
There were not enough doctors even before the 2020 protests, and how many qualified specialists has the country lost since? Based on published vacancies, there is a deficit of about 4,000 doctors
— this is about 10% of the total number of positions, and not all vacancies are open access.
The worker shortage is kept hidden: if a doctor officially works part time or takes on two jobs, it ruins health clinics’ KPIs — which bureaucrats always ensure are irreproachable. So to avoid spoiling the statistics, the Health Ministry has come up with a ‘smart’ legal resolution
, which stipulates that if necessary, doctors may work up to 1,800 hours per year on top of their established working hours. This permits administrators to nearly double the hours of medical workers and simply call it overtime.
This is nothing more than cooking the books on a large scale: those who run the system are hiding problems to avoid fixing them. And as you can guess, managing a complex system like healthcare when even the responsible officials don’t have accurate data is nigh on impossible.