Moscow to give grants to clinics for efforts to diagnose cancer early

Moscow to give grants to clinics for efforts to diagnose cancer early
Photo: Photo by the Mayor and Moscow Government Press Service. Denis Grishkin
All 30 grants will be set aside to  reward medical staff.

Moscow’s outpatient clinics involved in carrying out early diagnostic tests for cancer will receive grants. A relevant resolution, On Moscow Government Grants for Early-Stage Diagnostics to Fight Cancer, was approved at the Moscow Government Presidium meeting on 7 June.

“This is a very important issue,” Sergei Sobyanin said. “The number of cancer patients is growing with each passing year. Of course, it’s very important to make all outpatient clinics across the network concentrate on diagnosing this condition early.”

Moscow Government Minister and Head of the Department of Healthcare Alexei Khripun said that the grants were intended to improve work involved in the examination and treatment of cancer patients.

He added that cancer was the second leading cause of death after afflictions of the blood circulatory system. Today, there are 288,000 cancer patients in Moscow. It often happens that people do not develop symptoms until the disease has spread. “That is why only a third of people diagnosed with the condition have early-stage, in particular, first-stage, cancer,” the minister said.

Over the past five years, Moscow’s clinics have received good equipment, which allows them to diagnose various conditions, including CT and MRI scanners and endoscopes. Also, Moscow’s healthcare institutions carry out immune histochemistry tests.   

“Funding allocated to the healthcare system to provide cancer patients with free or cut-price drugs has more than doubled over the previous five years,” Khripun said. He went on to say that modern Moscow clinics had already mastered some basic techniques allowing them to diagnose cancer early.

The Department of Healthcare will take decisions on the recipients and the amount of each grant twice a year. Funds will be ring-fenced for rewarding medical staff.

In all, there will be 30 grants in six categories, or five grants per category. Incentives will be given to clinics for their achievements in diagnosing the following conditions early:

— prostate cancer (115,000 roubles per patient diagnosed with the condition);

— colon cancer (110,000 roubles);

— lung cancer (95,000 roubles);

— breast cancer (80,000 roubles);

— stomach cancer (35,000 roubles);

— cervical cancer (30,000 roubles).

All cases of diagnosing early-stage cancer must be entered in the Moscow City Cancer Register automated system.

Grants are expected to encourage doctors to pay more attention to patients in the risk group and diagnose cancer early, which will save lives.   

Earlier, the Moscow Government took a decision to give grants to doctors with the status of Doctor of Moscow (15,000 roubles a month); GPs, or family doctors at municipal outpatient clinics (20,000 roubles a month); doctors whose patients are elderly people with numerous chronic diseases (20,000 roubles a month); and nurses in the above line of work (10,000 roubles a month).

Incentives will also be given to the best intensive care units at the hospitals in the mandatory medical insurance system (10 grants, 30 million roubles each) and hospitals in the mandatory medical insurance system which use advanced treatment technologies (three grants, 100 million roubles each).

The city’s best outpatient clinics will be given six grants of 5 million roubles each, two grants of 2.5 million roubles each, and two grants of 2 million roubles each.