"Medicine in Ukraine"

12.09.2011

On 5-7 September 2011, the Gorshenin Institute conducted a telephone survey devoted to the issue of medicine in Ukraine.

As many as 1,000 randomly sampled adults, aged 18 years and older, living in all Ukrainian regions, as well as the cities of Kiev and Sevastopol were interviewed. The region, sex and age of the respondents were selected as quotas. The maximum margin of sampling error is +/-3.2 percentage points.

In general, are you satisfied with the quality of Ukrainian medical services provided to you?

  • Completely satisfied – 3.2%
  • Rather satisfied – 15.1%
  • Rather dissatisfied – 39.7%
  • Completely dissatisfied – 40.3%
  • No answer – 1.7%

In your opinion, does the Ukrainian healthcare system need to be reformed?

  • Yes – 93.3%
  • No – 4.3%
  • No answer – 2.4%

In your opinion, what are the most acute problems faced by the healthcare system?

(you can choose several answers)

  • Expensive medicines – 60.2%
  • The absence of funding for medical establishments – 35.6%
  • The need to pay for medical services – 32.2%
  • The absence of equipment and/or medicines – 30.1%
  • Long queues – 25.7%
  • The lack of specialists and poorly trained medical personnel – 24.9%
  • Low quality of medical services – 18.2%
  • Underpaid specialists – 16.2%
  • Indifference of doctors – 15.1%
  • Bribes – 12.8%
  • Poor condition of hospitals – 10.8%
  • Doctors overloaded with work – 6.2%
  • Other – 5.3%
  • No answer – 1.2%

What do you do first when you become sick?

  • Seek assistance at a state-funded, free hospital – 40.2%
  • Treat myself – 30.1%
  • Seek assistance at a private hospital – 5.6%
  • Seek assistance from non-traditional physicians – 2.5%
  • Do nothing – 5.3%
  • Other – 4.1%
  • No answer – 12.2%

How frequently do you purchase medicines?

  • Frequently – 36.7%
  • Sometimes – 54.2%
  • Practically never – 7.5%
  • No answer – 1.6%

What guides your choice when you purchase medicines?

(please choose no more than three answers)

  • A doctor’s prescription – 42.2%
  • Personal experience – 36.8%
  • Price – 12.6%
  • Advice of a pharmacist – 10.4%
  • Advice of a friend – 6.6%
  • Advertisements – 1.9%
  • I do not purchase medicines – 5.5%
  • No answer – 1.7%

Does the cost of medications pose a problem to your family?

  • Definitely yes – 33.1%
  • Most likely yes than no – 37.4%
  • Most likely no than yes – 11.8%
  • Definitely no – 10.6%
  • No answer – 7.1%

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