Firstov Stepan



Physician, Politician, Social Activist, Associate Member of the World Medical Association

«The most important condition to implement the human right to health is professionally skilled and responsible for their work physicians. To protect a physician means to protect a patient.»

Stepan Firstov

Home News How to achieve stability in Healthcare System?

How to achieve stability in Healthcare System?

03 November 2016

Physicians from all over the world assembled in Taipei (Taiwan) to discuss future development of healthcare system.

The 67th World Medical Association General Assembly was held in Taipei (Taiwan), 19-22 October, 2016.

The invitation to Stepan Firstov, Chairman of the Self-Regulated Organisation Association of Traumatologists and Orthopedists of Chelyabinsk region, to take part in General Assembly as WMA Associate Member was made by Otmar Kloiber, WMA General Secretary, and Tai-Yuan, president of the Taiwan Medical Association.

Tsai Ing-wen, president of the Taiwan, inaugurated the 67th WMA General Assembly. As a part of the 67th WMA General Assembly, a scientific session was held devoted to the problems of stability in healthcare system. Sir Michael Marmot, president of the WMA, and Dr. Ken N. Kuo, chaiman of the WMA Scientific Committee, opened it and presented opening statements. Tzou-yien Lin, minister of Health and Welfare, presented to doctors from all about the world work on improvement of healthcare development system.

One of the current problems for Europe is increasing number of refugees. No wonder, that this topic was discussed at the World Medical Parliament Session. Dr. Frank Ulrich Montgomery, chairman of the Federal German Medical Chamber, WMA vice-chairman, presented a report on Stability in Healthcare system with a general indicator of migration and the influx of refugees on the example of Germany. But speaker from Japan, Prof. Kenji Shibuya, chairman of the Global Health Protection, at a scientific session presented an objective opinion on the main topic considering stability of healthcare system in society with a growing average age of population.

Besides relevant social aspects the topic of stability in healthcare was discussed at the 67th WMA General Assembly scientific session due to distribution of the latest electronic technologies and telemedicine. In particular, Dr. Ju Yong Kim, professor and founder of the Biomedical Informatics Department of Seoul Medical National University College, told about the management of medical documents and preservation of patients' personal data. And Prof. Yu-Chuan Li, dean of College of Medical Science and Technology, Taipei Medical University (Taiwan), raised an interesting topic on struggle with medical errors with the help of computer programs and artificial intelligence.

Dr. Florentino Cardoso, president of the Brazilian Medical Association, supported discussion on the information technologies in healthcare in his report relating to basic infrastructure for universal access. And Dr. Robert Va representing the National Institutes of Health and National Military Medical Centre (Maryland, the USA) spoke about better changes in a healthcare system of his country after introduction of a new information technologies. The session focuses on the topic which is still current for many physicians. It is indroduction of electronic medical records. Dr. Mark Sonderup, vice-chairman of the South African Medical Association, told about difficulties for doctors working with electronic medical records. Telemedicine questions were also discussed at 67th WMA General Assembly. Dr. Andreas Rudkøbing, president of the Danish Medical Association, presented a report on providing healthcare services with the use of electronic technologies.

Issues raised at the 67th WMA General Assembly scientific session were discussed vividly by physicians from all over the world. Special time was allocated for better interaction.

Informal communication of physicians continued during breaks. Stepan Firstov visited WMA General Assembly for the third time and had an opportunity to hold business talks in Taiwan with national medical associations leaders of Japan, Australia, Nigeria, Uganda, Hong Kong, Bangladesh and many other countries.

It is noticeable, that Stepan Firstov was invited at the WMA Council which will be held in Riga, spring 2017. Cooperation of the Russian Medical Community representative with medical associations of Sweden and Israel has reached a new level. Thomas Linden, Council member of the Swedish Medical Association, invited Stepan Firstov as a chairman of the regional medical association to exchange experience. Leonid Eidelman, president of the World Medical Association, in his turn, invited russian college in Israel to see practical side of National Medical Parliament work and participate in physicians' Congress.