Making a prosthetic appliance for people
with disabilities is performed in the following
order. A person who has to make a prosthetic
appliance for the first time turns to a Medical
Technical Committee (MTC), which properly
defines the type of the prosthesis needed.
In order to make a prosthetis free of charge
a person with disability should turn to a
Prothesis Orthopedic Enterprise and submit
the above-mentioned definition about the prothesis.
The provision of rehabilitation utilities
is free. People with disabilities are provided
with wheelchairs, orthopedic shoes, crutches,
hearing aids and other rehabilitation items.
Wheelchairs are given to people with disabilities
on the basis of the conclusion of the Medical
Social Expertise Committee (MSEC). Wheelchairs
are available for 3 years. On the expiration
one can turn to respective services in order
to get a new one. Besides the state authorities
the NGO “Pyunik” also imported
in Armenia a considerable number of wheelchairs.
In order to avoid repeated receiving of wheelchairs
by one and the same person and in the same
time provide everyone with wheelchairs a number of disability-oriented Armenian NGOs made a decision to coordinate the
distribution of wheelchairs with the Ministry
of Labor and Social Welfare. When anyone gets
a wheelchair for a person with spinal injury
check that the elbow-rests should be removable,
otherwise a person with disability will not
manage to change seats from the wheelchair
to the bed, pan etc.
Hearing-aids for pensioners and children under
16 who have hearing impairment are given on
the basis of a certificate from the “Center
of Hearing” of the Ministry of Health
of RA. Hearing-aids are also given for 4 years.
Free distribution of other rehabilitation
items is available on the basis of a certificate
from MSEC, which is received for every specific
case. Smaller rehabilitation items are available
for free for children with disabilities under
16 and pensioners. People over 16 and under
pension age have to pay for these items.