Saturday, August 19, 2017

Disabled Sverdlovsk residents denied funding for treatment

Two disabled residents of the Sverdlovsk region, Anton Dimitrenko and Grigory Vlasov, were denied travel funding for treatment at CHemal Health Resort.

Under Russian law, people with disabilities are entitled to fully-subsidized health spa treatments and travel to their place of care through the Social Insurance Fund. When Dimitrenko and Vlasov recovered from surgery at a hospital in Yekaterinburg, they were issued vouchers for follow-up treatment at the Ministry of Health's CHemal Resort in Moscow, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta.

As the two patients began booking their trip to CHemal, they discovered that their travel expenses were not authorized to be paid for by the Ministry of Health under government regulation No. 1294.

Upon further investigation, the Ministry of Health said employee error was the cause of their claims being denied. To date, their situation has not been rectified by the Ministry of Health or the Social Insurance Fund, Oblastnaya Gazeta reports.

"The fund we clearly told what the problem [was]," Dimitrenko and Vlasov said in a joint interview, according to Oblastnaya Gazeta. "We all understand, but what [should] we do? [We prepared to leave on] Jan. 27 to catch the beginning of the treatment...Thanks, of course, that the employees of these departments treated us with compassion and understanding, but so far that does not help."

Since Dimitrenko and Vlasov went public with their situation, four other patients have come forward to report that they too have been unable to seek their treatment due to the ministry's unwillingness to sponsor their travel expenses.