ua en ru

Treatment of stroke, heart attack in Ukraine

Treatment of stroke, heart attack in Ukraine The Ministry of Health has announced that stroke and heart attack treatment in Ukraine is free of charge (photo: Getty Images)

Treatment for individuals with stroke or heart attack in Ukraine is completely free. The Ministry of Health has outlined the main healthcare services that citizens can avail themselves of, according to the National Health Service of Ukraine.

"In the conditions of war, constant stress, and tension, the risks of developing cardiovascular diseases are higher than ever. These are diseases that develop silently and over time can lead to strokes and heart attacks. That's why it's important not to postpone your health for later," said the Head of the National Health Service of Ukraine, Natalia Husak.

According to her, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, including acute stroke and acute myocardial infarction, are prioritized areas in the Program of Medical Guarantees.

Medical assistance for stroke and heart attack is provided free of charge:

  • when delivered by an emergency (ambulance) medical team;

  • when seeking immediate medical attention;

  • when transferred from another hospital.

In medical facilities, patients have the opportunity to receive the entire necessary range of medical assistance free of charge. There is no need to pay for medications or examinations. The cost of treatment is covered by the National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU).

In a medical facility, patients with a heart attack or stroke receive the following services free of charge:

  • diagnostics (CT scans, MRI, angiography, laboratory tests);

  • thrombolytic therapy (for strokes), stenting (for heart attacks);

  • continuous monitoring of the patient's condition in the intensive care unit;

  • medical rehabilitation in the acute phase;

  • medications from the National List of Essential Medicines and consumables;

  • meedications and medical supplies purchased centrally using budget funds (e.g., stents);

  • in-hospital meals.

Additionally, patients can obtain an electronic prescription for "Affordable Medicines" from their family doctor.

As of today, the program includes 232 trade names of medicines for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases and primary and secondary prevention of heart attacks and strokes. These medications can be obtained free of charge or with partial payment.

The National Health Service of Ukraine (NHSU) recently made changes to the list of drugs eligible for reimbursement under the "Affordable Medicines" program.

This material is for informational purposes only and should not be used for medical diagnosis or self-treatment. Our goal is to provide readers with accurate information about symptoms, causes, and methods of detecting diseases. RBС-Ukraine is not responsible for any diagnoses that readers may make based on materials from the resource. We do not recommend self-treatment and advise consulting a doctor in case of any health concerns.