Salaries in Bulgarian Healthcare 'Guaranteed Until December'
Deputy Health Minister and National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) Chairman Boyko Penkov announced funding in the sector could only provide salaries until December.
The minister in resignation said Thursday that the fund would not be able to make any payments from December 1 unless healthcare expenditures in the national budget are updated.
Penkov's words come against the backdrop of tensions around the prospective budget overhaul, which was proposed by the Council of Ministers and approved by lawmakers at a first reading, but was put into question by opposition GERB's decision to renounce the move.
A final decision whether to revise the State Budget of the Republic of Bulgaria Act is due on August 4, but GERB's promise to boycott Parliament jeopardizes the session, and the fiscal plan could be left in its current state.
Under the proposed budget amendments, BGN 225 M are to be additionally allocated to the NZOK to safeguard ongoing financial operation.
The liberal Movement for Rights and Freedoms (DPS), socialist's junior partner in the outgoing government, is however the only party that presently backs them.
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