From too many reforms in each area, as well as in healthcare, we forgot the simplest and most important things in the everyday life of the ordinary citizen
Of course, we need more gynecologists per capita, we need systematic changes in the healthcare, we need new devices, but also a trained staff who can handle it, we need academic exchange for further education and specialization… But, from too many reforms in each area, as well as in healthcare, we forgot the simplest and most important things in the everyday life of the ordinary citizen. And the ordinary citizens are a majority in Macedonia. Many of them live from social welfare, and some don’t even have a minimal income!
And they all have a voice, they have to pay for personal documents, health and pension insurance (if eligible), property tax (if they have one), value added tax, broadcasting fee, certain fee for free of charge electronic health cards (irony) … From this list, it is not hard to realize that so far we talked about the obligations of the ordinary citizens in the country. And what are the obligations and responsibilities of the state to the same ordinary citizen?
Everything is so simple and embedded in the Constitution, the laws, the programs, the action plans in the field of the health … Let us not complicate again. Everything is so simple and guaranteed by the Constitution and laws! Thus it will be good to often remember that the state can’t “want; be able to; or should”. The state MUST, because healthcare is a human right.
This is what is stated in the Article 39 in the Constitution of the Republic of Macedonia:
„Every citizen is guaranteed the right for healthcare. The citizen has a right and a duty to take care and improve his own health and the health of others.”
It’s good to be frequently reminded of the simple things that are embedded in the foundations of our society and to finally begin to think how to solve the basic needs of the ordinary citizens. Once we do that, we can begin to build the structure.
This way, except for the chaos in the reforms, of which we don’t know which are a priority and which aren’t, we can only undermine the simplicity of the basic healthcare needs of everyone in the country. And it is very easy to bring the people who live on less than 100 DEN a day to the edge. If we have declared ourselves as a social state, it is time to start acting as one!