Bulgarian MPs to Elect New Health Insurance Fund Head

Domestic | July 9, 2013, Tuesday // 10:01|  views

When struck by a severe condition, Bulgarian patients often face shortage of expensive medicines due to the cash deficit in Health Insurance Fund budget. Photo by Sofia Photo Agency

Bulgaria’s parliamentary health committee is to elect on Tuesday a new director of the National Health Insurance Fund, NZOK.

According to unofficial information Dr. Rumyana Todorova, one of Bulgaria's best skin specialists will be elected for the new head of NZOK.

Todorova headed the National Health Insurance Fund during the time of the Three-Way Coalition as well. She is the sister of Bulgarian Socialist MEP, Iliyana Yotova.

Last week parliament terminated in advance the term of Dr Plamen Tsekov.

During the debate, the author of the draft decision to release Tsekov, the Parliament's Deputy Speaker, Maya Manolova, said that the Director of NZOK did not manage the money wisely. She stated the decision to dismiss Tsekov is not connected to his political affiliation to Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria, GERB, party.

"This is a total of more than BGN 3 B; these are not his personal funds; he did not manage them in the interests of the doctors and the patients in order to meet the basic objective of the national health insurance- guaranteeing that insured people have free access to medical care," Manolova, MP from the Bulgarian Socialist Party, BSP, said.

Tsekov stressed he has always respected the law and no one has been denied medical and hospital care. He noted that there has always been cash deficit, not only during his term.

"I leave with the feeling of a job well done. If the Bulgarian Medical Association wants my resignation, then you should listen to the people who want your resignation," he said during the debate.

Tsekov later told journalists that he was considering whether to dispute his early dismissal in court.

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Tags: Plamen Tsekov, National Health Insurance Fund, NZOK, parliament, Maya Manolova, Bulgarian Medical Association, Rumyana Todorova, court, BSP, GERB, Ilyana Yotova


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