He said that even in the Soviet period citizens used to be admitted to major and clinic hospitals on the basis of referrals.
The chief physician said the new guidelines do not apply to patients in need of urgent medical aid, noting that this tradition has survived to this day.
“The capital repair of central hospitals in districts in recent years, availability of modern equipment and staff therein, opening of major diagnostic centers in parts of the country, their equipment with computed tomography, availability of MRI examinations allow us to toughen these rules further. This way the population’s flow to the city will be hampered. Citizens will have access to high-level examination and treatment in districts. Of course, for some examinations it is necessary to visit the city center. For example, coronary angiography and other examinations are carried out in central hospitals. However, in all other cases, the patients can be sent to central hospitals after being examined and diagnosed in the districts,” he added.
Aliyev stressed that all hospitals in Baku are renovated and well-equipped, and highly qualified physicians are working there.
According to him, the initial evaluation and treatment of such patients should be carried out in outpatient clinics on the territorial principle.
“In cases of in-patient treatment, patients are taken to hospitals on the territorial principle. The new guidelines are fully observed. Each hospital receives its own patients, thus they don’t queue for hours. The ministry gave an instruction in this regard last month. Each hospital was instructed not to make concessions to the admission guidelines and keep a register of diagnosis and treatment of each patient. This procedure was tightened from last month,” he summed up.