Information for Patients
According to the constitution, the citizens of Uzbekistan enjoy the right to free medical service rendered via the network of state medical establishments - polyclinics, first aid stations, and state hospitals. The state-run health system consists of three distinct hierarchical layers: the national (republican) level, the viloyat (regional) level, and the local level made up of rural tumans (districts) or cities, with a relatively small private sector. While the government subsidizes healthcare provision considerably, patients need to pay for some services, especially in secondary and tertiary care facilities. Primary care in rural areas is financed on a capitation basis.
Information for Health Care Professionals
As the government-owned health system still largely follows the integrated model (with the government being the principal payer and provider of health services), almost all health workers are government-salaried employees. Health workers in the public sector are paid according to strict state guidelines. However, there are efforts to increase the flexibility of health care providers in reimbursing health professionals. Salaries of physicians in the public sector ranged from US$ 300 to US$ 600 per month in 2014 and salaries of nurses are even lower. These salary levels are considered insufficient to cover the cost of living.
The languages of medical instruction in Uzbekistan are English and Uzbek.
Information for Travelers
The Tashkent International Medical Clinic is the only international-standard clinic in the country. Outside the capital health facilities are few and far between and should be considered for emergency use only. Serious cases are evacuated to Europe. No vaccinations are legally required in order to enter Uzbekistan.
Link to Uzbekistan’s Ministry of Health website: https://www.minzdrav.uz/en/