The common people, especially people with disabilities, are the first to suffer due to the lack of medical professionals in the peninsula.
“The situation with cancer in Crimea is rather difficult due to lack of doctors. There is a problem with medicine as well, and many Crimeans go in Kherson after them. A good oncologist, endocrinologist, cardiologist, gynecologist is impossible to find in Crimea. To visit any doctor, you need to make an appointment in three or four months - and it is if you're lucky. And if you're not lucky, you do not visit a doctor at all. When I was in Sevastopol, I was very surprised that the people organize constant trips from Crimea to Kherson for the residents of the peninsula to buy the necessary medicines and some good food,” the Board Chairman of NGO "Crimean Human Right Initiative" Lyudmila Skvortsova told a QHA correspondent.
If it is impossible to get into the state hospital, people often go to private clinics. But over the time, commercial medicine has become very expensive in Crimea. If eight months ago Crimeans responded quite calmly to clinics rates, as the prices were generally lower, now ten thousand rubles for a course of treatment (only one consultation with a specialist will cost four thousand rubles, or 1300 hryvnia - Ed.) is the height of cynicism.
“Situation with the disabled people is very difficult in Crimea as well. People of the second group are assigned the third, and the disability status is lifted at all from people of the first group. In Russia, they have other standards. In our state, for example, if a person has no arm or kidney, the Ukrainian government understands that this is a disabled person and assigns a corresponding status. And in Russia it’s not like this! If you are not a dead corpse, then you are a person able to work,” the human rights activist says
Members of the organization "Crimean Human Right Initiative", living on the peninsula, talk about the mayhem that happens there. Following the first signals that the disability status was lifted from someone’s mother or grandmother, social activists began to study the Russian legislation concerning the rights of disabled people.
“At first I could not understand their actions, and then we looked at their standards. For example, if we take the oncology, they do not consider it a disease. If a person suffering from cancer has not had any metastasis over six months, and he did not die, then the person is alive and can not be disabled. The fact that one has an organ cut out is not a trouble. If you can put a tick on a ballot, then you are a full-fledged citizen, and the authorities have no need to pay you,” Skvortsova said.
According to her, even if a Crimean, for example, in Sevastopol, could get to the oncologist, then the patient would be forwarded for treatment in Tyumen or Krasnodar in Russia, and there, no one will be treated free of charge. Russian clinics refuse to accept Crimean medical policies, providing free treatment, and they require full payment for all medical services.
“Crimeans are already fed up with all that is here. And people with cancer massively go not to Tyumen, Russia, but in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine. Crimean residents with diabetes, go for treatment in Kiev, and those with heart diseases go to Lviv.
I talked with the doctors who work in the Crimean hospitals. They are really loaded, and they have to control everything. Any violation equals imprisonment. Moreover, there is incredibly much of scribbling to do, and most doctors can not sustain such a large amount of unnecessary work, that is done in vain,” shared Lyudmila Skvortsova.
Moreover, many physicians come to the peninsula from Russia, and they get the high positions with a decent salary at once.
In Russia, there is a program "Zemsky doctor", according to which young doctors, who come from Russia to Crimea, receive a million rubles as "lifting funds", which can be spent on their personal needs, such as an apartment. But even after these sweet promises and different preferences, a large flow of Russian doctors is not observed in Crimea.
Meanwhile, many health workers have already left the Crimean Peninsula either for Ukraine or for Russia.