This Politnavigator piece is from about a week ago. The writer is Marina Yudina from Luhansk. She reports that cancer patients are travelling to the Separatist enclave of Luhansk Peoples Republic (LPR) from federally-controlled areas of the Ukraine, in search of cancer treatment. [But she doesn’t give an exact number of how many such people.]
The main problem, of course, is the collapse of the Ukrainian health care system which began with the collapse of the Soviet Union, and only accelerated after the 2014 coup. As the Ukraine becomes a failed state and colony of the United States, its social services sector continues to decay, making the lives of ordinary people ever more difficult to endure.
According to Yudina, half of the cancer patients arriving in LPR from Ukraine proper do not have the money to pay for their own medical treatment.
Meanwhile, the Separatist authorities in LPR have set up a humanitarian program called the Luhansk Republican Clinical OncoDispenser (LRCOD). Over a thousand cancer patients have turned to this program for medical treatment. Most live in the area, but some come from other parts of the Ukraine, and are not turned away.
Sadly, according to Andrei Kazmin, who administers the Chemotherapy program, half of the patients arriving in LPR from other parts of the country, are already in advanced stages of cancer, since they couldn’t find the proper treatment at an earlier stage: “A significant portion of our Ukrainian patients […] say they couldn’t even afford the [diagnostic] tests.”
For example, a resident of SeveroDonetsk lived for four years with the terrifying diagnosis: “I couldn’t get treatment in the Ukraine, because it’s too expensive: Up to 60,000 hryvna [around $2,300 American dollars] just for one course of chemotherapy. Here, in the LPR I already underwent one course, now I’m back for a second. I only had to pay for the first injection […], the rest were free.”