People having to stand in lines for hours to get an appointment with a doctor is an everyday reality in Crimea.

Nariman Jelyal, First Deputy Head of Mejlis, experienced that first-hand after taking his daughters to a hospital in the village of Gvardeyskoye.

“7.28 a.m. What you’re looking at is a line to the reception desk at a hospital in the village of Gvardeyskoye. I’m here for a certificate necessary for two of my daughters to be enrolled at a kindergarten. I had to stand 50 minutes in the line only to find out that no prior appointment’s needed to see a doctor you want. All you have to do is join another line outside the doctor’s office. It took me and my daughters another 40 minutes to be seen by the doctor who simply told me to come back tomorrow for testing. I've got to hand it to my daughters for being so patient. In fact, they could do things far more efficiently here. But why am I complaining? You, Nariman, should be minding your own business and keeping you head down while His Majesty the Emperor is going for a dive. You’re a citizen of a great country! You ought to be proud of that,” writes Nariman Jelyal on his Facebook page.

“I’m lucky because all I needed was a certificate for a kindergarten. But I do not envy the sick,” he adds.

As QHA previously reported, compulsory medical insurance (OMS) has been in place in Crimea since January 1, 2015.

Because a prior appointment is now required to see a doctor (a patient is to get the so called ‘ticket’ confirming an appointment first), Crimean residents have to stand in huge lines at reception desks.

A doctor’s salary in Crimea has been made proportional to the number of patients he has seen and their state of health as of January 1, 2015. Because of this, the doctor is to register each of his patients and monitor every stage of his treatment. In their turn, patients have to go to the reception desk with whatever insignificant matter they have.

All paperwork at hospitals is handled by reception desks where only two clerks are available. According to the patients, it takes them 7 to 10 minutes to reach a clerk at a reception desk. Some patients who have had the unpleasant experience of standing in lines claim that it takes them several hours to get an appointment with a doctor.