Requirements for medical institutions issuing medical certificates for driver’s license obtainment
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As of today in addition to conducting traditional medical and diagnostic procedures, doctors perform another, formal, function, namely, they issue a variety of medical certificates. In this publication, we will elaborate on the main requirements for institutions that issue one of these documents, namely, the certificate of medical fitness to drive (known as Form 083 / y), which is a prerequisite for obtaining a driver’s license.
Form of incorporation and form of ownership
Pursuant to paragraph 1.6. of the Regulations on the medical examination of candidates for drivers and drivers of vehicles, approved by a joint order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine and the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine No. 65/80 (hereinafter - the Order No. 65/80) of 31.01.2013, a preliminary medical examination shall be conducted by the medical commission affiliated with the health care facility. In turn, Article 3 of the Fundamentals of the Legislation of Ukraine on Health Care, Law No. 2801-XII of 19.11.1992 (hereinafter - the Law No. 2801), defines the health care facility by the following characteristic features:
- a legal entity or its unit that provides health care services to the population;
- without specifying any requirements to its form of business organization;
- without specifying any requirements to its form of ownership;
- availability of appropriate medical personnel;
- availability of an appropriate Medical License.
Thus, it can be concluded that the medical fitness certificate can be issued both by a public hospital or community polyclinic, and by a private health care facility, such as a medical or diagnostic center. However, individual entrepreneurs, even if they have an appropriate licence, cannot issue the relevant certificates.
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Main composition of the commission
As noted above, the preliminary medical examination shall be carried out by a commission affiliated with the health care facility. The Order No. 65/80 provides for the following composition of the commission:
- general physician;
- operating surgeon.
In addition to the general medical examination carried out by the medical commission, the Order No. 65/80 also provides for additional mandatory examinations, including:
- functional and laboratory examination, including urine and blood analysis, blood sugar analysis, blood analysis for rhesus factor and group, electrocardiogram of the heart, a visual fields test and visual acuity test, examination for the the vestibular system;
- results of the survey on drug use.
In conclusion, it should be noted that the issuance of a certificate of medical fitness to drive requires a quite complex material and technical base and a significant number of doctors of various specialties. This makes it virtually impossible to talk about the institution that specializes solely on documents of this kind. However, such activities can be a good addition to the range of services provided by a fully functioning medical or diagnostic center.