Top Cop Confirms: Bulgarian Health Insurance Head Has to Go

Bulgaria in EU | February 21, 2012, Tuesday // 14:46|  views

Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov. Photo by BGNES

A political decision has been made for the Bulgarian GERB to accept the resignation of Neli Nesheva, head of the country's National Health Insurance Fund, Interior Minister Tsvetan Tsvetanov stated.

Tsvetanov's comment was provoked by the support declared by various health organizations for Nesheva after she resigned on Friday. Her resignation is to be voted later on Tuesday by ruling centrist-right GERB's parliamentary group.

Nesheva admitted to receiving over BGN 12 000 of bonuses last year and quit office on Friday under public, opposition, and Prime Minister, Boyko Borisov's pressure.

In the last few days, the Bulgarian Doctors Union, the Bulgarian Industrial Chamber, the Union of Multi-profile Hospitals, and the Parliamentary Committee on Health have declared their support for Nesheva, and insisted that changes in NZOK leadership will unnecessarily shake the system.

On Tuesday, Tsvetan Tsvetanov also commented on the ousting of Deputy Health Minister Gergana Pavlova.

"We discussed this topic with the Prime Minister last night and I do believe that it was the right decision," he said.

It is believed that the Deputy Health Minister had been in the bottom of the problem with high medication prices in the country. On Monday, it was revealed that Bulgaria's parliamentary health commission was about to launch a probe into local pharmaceutical company Sopharma over suspicions of monopoly.

Hospitals have been forced to conduct their own tenders for medications over amendments in Decree 34, which were imposed after Pavlova's appointment, according to the Monitor daily.

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Tags: GERB, resignation, bonuses, health, Neli Nesheva, National Health Insurance Fund, Gergana Pavlova, Ognyan Donev, Sopharma, Tsvetan Tsvetanov


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