In the current year taking into account opportunities of local budgets about KZT4,1 milliard have been allocated to the social support of elderly citizens, about 1,5 milliard more have been allocated within the social responsibility of business, 7sunews.kz reports with reference to a press – service of the MHSD RK. The Vice Minister of healthcare and social development of the RK Svetlana Zhakupova reported about it at the briefing on the subject "On measures undertaken by the State for social support of elderly people" which was held in the MHSD RK. As a result, the lump sum financial support was received by 268 thousand people at the amount of KZT 2,5 milliard and KZT 2,1 milliard are allocated to provide preferential travel by public transport for 202 thousand elderly citizens.
Preferential provision of medicines was received by 36,2 thousand people at the amount of KZT 115,2 million, KZT 603 million more have been allocated to repair of housing, providing with fuel and other kinds of assistance. "For social support of lonely aged and disabled citizens in Kazakhstan the network of social support subdivisions are established. Currently in the country 343 subdivisions rendering a social assistance at home which serve more than 35 thousand lonely aged disabled citizens from whom more than 26 thousand are women" — Svetlana Zhakupova reported. The persons who fully or partially have lost ability to serve themselves independently receive medical and rehabilitation services in day patient care and hospital conditions, or live on full state support in medico-social institutions (hereinafter — MSI). Currently 10 rehabilitation centers (day stay departments) serving more than 4,7 thousand citizens from them more than 2,7 thousand are women function in the republic, 49 MSI for aged people and persons with disabilities act providing places for more than 7 thousand citizens. "Medical care is provided to elderly people free of charge within the state volume of free medical care both at republican and regional levels" — Vice Minister emphasized.
Within the framework of implementing the National screening program aimed at detection of socially important diseases among target groups of adult population about 2 million elderly citizens are covered with screening annually. So, for the first half of this year over 1 million people have already got medical examination. Within the Unified national health system the elderly citizens receive highly specialized medical care in any republican medical organization by the principle of a free choice. Conditions for rehabilitation of elderly people in day hospitals and hospitals at home, including those for lonely and non-transportable persons are created. Since 2011 in all policlinics the social workers and psychologists work rendering care to the patients with chronic diseases demanding maximum attention. Let us remind, annually in Kazakhstan the International day of elderly people is celebrated on October 1. Main objective of a holiday is to draw public attention to problems of people of advanced age. Today in the number of elderly citizens living in the republic constitutes more than 1 million 950 thousand people.