The problem of ensuring the access of the elderly to healthcare has lately become increasingly important. The accessibility of affordable healthcare for the elderly largely depends on the design and performance of the healthcare system, the level of overall social protection that elderly people can enjoy, as well as on the availability of legislative guarantees and the opportunity to use them. Those drivers, alongside with the prospects of the European health system developments and their potential implications on the access of elderly people to affordable healthcare are discussed in this article.
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As of 1 January2012the official cost of living for people who have lost their capacity to work is 822 UAH (approximately equivalent to 80 Euros.) See: The Law of Ukraine “On the State Budget of Ukraine for 2012” of 22 December 2011 Art. 12.
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