Minister of Internally Displaced Persons from the Occupied Territories, Labor, Health and Social Affairs of Georgia, Zurab Azarashvili, after a meeting of the government, stated that the country’s Universal Healthcare Program will now cover rehabilitation after stroke, and traumatic brain or spinal cord injury.
As Azarashvili noted, annually, approximately 6000 patients with this diagnosis are referred to medical facilities. The annual program budget of the program is around 11 mln GEL.
Rehabilitation after stroke, traumatic brain, and spinal cord injury will allow patients to timely restore functional abilities and avoid the development of severe limitations.
The program covers the full rehabilitation course.
“The program is quite comprehensive and therefore very important,” Azarashvili noted. “In addition to rehabilitation, the Ministry is working on the introduction of a new model to prevent after-stroke severe complications. In case of a stroke, the emergency medical brigade will react with maximum promptness and, according to indications, will transfer a patient to concrete clinics, where they will be provided with rapid aid. This model will enable us to avoid post-trauma complications requiring rehabilitation or causing severe outcomes for the patient.”