TB patients may be given a disability status if such patients comply with the criteria set forth in the applicable guidelines on disability status approved with the Order of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine dated 05.09.2011 No. 561. However, a disability status does not solve, in practice, the issue of social vulnerability of TB patients. In particular, it would be more efficient to develop a system of material compensation for the patient`s treatment period (this may be motivational sets of food or personal hygiene products, reimbursement for transport costs, social and psychological support during the treatment, incentive payments for positive attitude to treatment or any other social guarantees).
3. Treatment procedures and access to disability benefits schemes should be coordinated so as to avoid perverse incentives to interruption of treatment and overall prolongation of the duration of treatment.