The large-scale regional Medical Forum, held by the Ministry of Health of the Kaliningrad Region together with the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University with the support of the Government of the Kaliningrad Region, started in Kaliningrad on August 25 and brought together more than 3,000 participants from various regions of Russia and neighboring countries to discuss pressing problems of the domestic healthcare system, ways to solve them and current directions for improving Russian healthcare in the current economic and political situation.
The guests and participants of the forum were welcomed by the Governor of the Kaliningrad region Anton Alikhanov. In his video message, he noted that the current forum is a large-scale meeting that will allow the exchange of authoritative opinions, as well as, using best practices, to find the most effective ways to resolve issues related to the implementation of various projects, to introduce the most successful methods of treating patients into everyday medical practice. The Governor emphasized the most significant achievements in the healthcare sector of the region — the effectiveness of the personnel program, the purchase of modern equipment, the construction of new medical facilities, and repair of existing ones.
The opening ceremony of the forum was attended by Deputy Chairman of the Regional Government Ilya Barinov, Minister of Health of the Kaliningrad Region Alexander Kravchenko, Head of the Territorial Compulsory health insurance (CHI) Fund Tatyana Demina, Head of the Regional Directorate of The Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Wellbeing (Rospotrebnadzor) Elena Babura, Head of the Territorial Body of the Federal service for Surveillance in Healthcare (Roszdravnadzor) for the Kaliningrad Region Erendzhen Bashankaev.
Victor Dmitriev, Chairman of the Public Council of Roszdravnadzor, moderated the round table «Medicinal supply: modern challenges and points of support», which took place on the second day of the forum. Opening the meeting, he said: “The difficult situation that we all live in is no reason to relax. On the contrary, this is the time of realizing new opportunities with new challenges. Analyzing the appeals of citizens who come to both the Roszdravnadzor and the Public Council, one can understand that in fact 50% of the issues can be resolved on the spot, if being a little more careful and responsible.»
With this, he set the direction of the discussion, which was devoted to the issues of communication with patients and their representatives. The participants of the round table gave a lot of examples when a situation that was “difficult” for a patient was resolved within a few minutes. “Not to run away from patients, but to meet them halfway should be our motto,” Alexander Kravchenko, Minister of Health of the Kaliningrad Region, summed up the meeting.