Bulgarian MPs Adopt National Health Strategy 2014-2020
The Bulgarian parliament adopted on Thursday the national health strategy 2014-2020.
A total of 103 MPs voted in favour of the strategy, 27 lawmakers were against, while 15 abstained, daily Dnevnik informs.
There were hardly any debates on the adoption of the strategy with only one member from the parliamentary health committee delivering a statement.
The document identifies the priorities and strategic goals for development of the country's healthcare system until 2020.
Among the measures featured in the strategy are: demonopolisation of the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK); introduction of different healthcare packages; improvement of the emergency medical service; changes to the pricing system of medical services and medicines; introduction of a national health card.
The document also foresees an increase of the healthcare budget by between 0.2 % and 0.3 % each year until 2020.
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