August 30, Media Center hosted a discussion on Medical Aid or Stress? Defending Patients’ Rights in Armenia.
The speakers were Davit Melik-Nubaryan, department chief of medical aid policy at RA ministry of health, Lilit Amirkhanyan, a person who overcame cancer, Violeta Zopunyan, project manager at center for rights development NGO.
In Armenia the privileged groups having the right for free medical aid, diseases and countries are defined by the law and state resolutions. By the law the persons having 1st , 2nd and 3rd group disability enjoy the right for free medical aid.
Lilit Amirkhanyan spoke about the challenges a patient bumps into when she comes to know that she has a serious health issue. “Red-tape, queues in the clinics and hospitals for papers that sound ridiculous for the patient. In hospitals they demand a paper for free medical aid, then they push you to sign another paper with which you wave the free aid and you know in advance that you are going to pay for the surgery and medical aid.”
According to Lilit Amirkhanyan the challenges facing patients with oncological problems are many, ranging from psychological, when the patient is alone with her disease, to financial.