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Dmitry Shevtsov on treatment through Internet

We have another guest prior to the second day of the All-Belarusian People's Assembly - Dmitry Shevtsov, deputy of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly. Dmitry, good morning!  Yesterday, a lot has been said and on your field - health care. What thoughts do you have on the second day of the event?

Dmitry Shevtsov, delegate of the fifth All-Belarusian People's Assembly, the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus:
You know, medicine is never standing still. And we have planned to move forward in health system development. This was said yesterday and earlier. We said that we will finally implement e-health. We are talking about the end of informatization.

What does it mean? Will we be advised by doctors via the Internet?

Dmitry Shevtsov:
Why not?

To many it seems science fiction.

Dmitry Shevtsov:
You know, 30 years ago, the mobile phone was also a science fiction, but now... A transplant was an impossible thing in such a small country as Belarus. Today we can book a visit to the doctor from home. We can find any other services via the Internet. We will have an electronic patient card. This is a turn-based strategy.

Your colleagues from the Ministry of Communications and Informatization promised fast internet to every home.

Dmitry Shevtsov:
Yes, in many cities it is already there, including regional centers. And this is a very serious thing, of course. And one very important thing - the development of primary health care on the basis of a family doctor or a general practitioner. This is also an advanced and a very right thing. There should be a maximum availability of medical care. We are introducing a general practitioner institute in both major cities and regional towns.

Dmitry Shevtsov on treatment through Internet