Weekly “Arguments and Facts” No. 51. How much does it cost to celebrate the New Year? 22/12/2021
In the & nbsp; media, on the internet & nbsp; & mdash; everywhere there are collections of money for & nbsp; assistance to children suffering from serious illnesses.
In the & nbsp; USSR, I remember, no one arranged such fees, although there were no less sick children. Yes, today the & nbsp; state has funds like the Circle of Kindness, where the Prime Minister Mishustin recently ordered to allocate an additional 22 & nbsp; billion rubles. But & nbsp; do they have time to & nbsp; do they help everyone?
Elena Topoleva-Soldunova, Chairperson of the Commission for & nbsp; Development of the Non-Profit Sector and & nbsp; Support of Social-Oriented Non-Profit Organizations of OP & nbsp; RF :
& mdash; Unfortunately, prices for & nbsp; medicines for children with & nbsp; serious illnesses sometimes reach & nbsp; millions of dollars. Because of such an insane cost of drugs, the state, even in the & nbsp; most economically developed countries, is not & nbsp; able to cover all demand. This is the first thing. The second & nbsp; & mdash; yes, humanity is developing, new drugs are being created. However, many of & nbsp; are experimental, with & nbsp; unproven efficacy and & nbsp; unknown side effects. Of course, parents are ready to cling to even & nbsp; a tiny hope, but & nbsp; the state cannot afford to take such financial risks, because it controls the money of all citizens. Therefore, it purchases only drugs approved and & nbsp; passed through the checks of many authorities, in & nbsp; including international ones. Another thing & nbsp; & mdash; charitable foundations. Here the donors understand that their & nbsp; money spent on & nbsp; expensive medicine can & nbsp; ultimately not save the child's life. But & nbsp; there is still a chance to help.
Charitable foundations have a lot of & nbsp; other jobs. For example, they fund research into new treatments for previously incurable diseases. Proving that the disease can be defeated, they attract the attention of the state, which takes further funding for & nbsp; itself. In & nbsp; Russia, for example, it happened with a heart defect. Previously, only benefactors helped to treat him, and & nbsp; now & nbsp; & mdash; for the & nbsp; state account.
So & nbsp; turns out a system in which benefactors act in conjunction with the & nbsp; state, compensating for each other's shortcomings. Which, however, does not & nbsp; prevent the state from helping them & nbsp; money. In & nbsp; that & nbsp; the same fund “ Circle of Good '' the budget money received for & nbsp; due to an increase of & nbsp; 2% income tax for those whose income exceeds 5 & nbsp; million in & nbsp; year.
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