Bulgarian Minister: Healthcare Is Sick!

Health | September 2, 2010, Thursday // 10:58|  views

Bulgarian Minister of Healthcare Anna-Maria Borisova. Photo by BGNES

Long have I said that Bulgarian healthcare is sick, curably though with a delay, stated Bulgarian Minister of Public Health Anna-Maria Borisova.

She was speaking in an interview for bTV regarding the state of the healthcare system, which is said to be one of the cabinet’s and parliament’s top priorities for the new political season launched September 1.

Borisova expressed concern that “for the last 10 years nothing has been done” to reform the system, and vowed to take “radical measures.”

The health minister reiterated her earlier idea to develop pre-hospital care to reduce the burden on hospitals and pointed out various ways in which hospitals are not efficiently used.

She stated some hospitals are working well, but others that do not cover adequate standards will need to be closed. Thus she contributed to a long trail of self-contradicting statements of hers, in which she was stating that hospitals will be closed only to deny it a few days later.

Borisova was not specific when asked about low salaries and wages in the health sector and did not state concrete measures to stop the outflow of workforce from the sector out of Bulgaria.

The health minister stressed on the need to enforce that citizens pay their health insurance contribution to keep the system running.

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Tags: healthcare, healthcare reform, hospitals, insurance, Anna-Maria Borisova


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