Ex Bulgarian PM: Health Care in 'Dire Straights'

Society » HEALTH | September 21, 2010, Tuesday // 18:55| Views: | Comments: 8
Ex Bulgarian PM: Health Care in 'Dire Straights': Ex Bulgarian PM: Health Care in 'Dire Straights' The leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party and former Prime Minister, Sergey Stanishev, reiterated the failure of the GERB cabinet in the health care sector might be grounds for a no-confidence vote. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's health care system needs an emergency financial shot in order to survive, according to the leader of the Bulgarian Socialist Party (BSP) and former Prime Minister, Sergey Stanishev.

Stanishev says the funds for health care for 2010 are down BGN 450 M compared to 2009, all while the hospitals get deeper and deeper in debt. He pointed out there is an urgent need to find BGN 250 M for health care by the end of 2010 otherwise the system would collapse, adding the required funding grows by BGN 200 M annually.

The former PM stated the failure of the cabinet of the center-right Citizens for European Development of Bulgaria (GERB) party in the health care sector could be one of the grounds to stage, along with the other main opposition force – the ethnic Turkish Movement for Rights and Freedoms, a no-confidence vote against the government.

Stanishev said his party fully supports the demands of the Bulgarian Doctors' Union for the resignations of the Health Minister and the Finance Minister.

On the topic of the upcoming local and presidential elections next year, the Socialist leader informed his party might support the current Mayor of Plovdiv, Slavcho Atanasov and enter into coalition with his nationalist VMRO-NIE party, depending on the latter's commitments.

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#8
Patty - 22 Sep 2010 // 22:03:58

'Some hospital! If that's the best hospital in Sofia, without an emergency room, I hate to see the worst.'

I doubt you'd really want to see the worst Nellie.

Three years ago on New year's eve I was admitted with pneumonia to a local hospital. The bed I was given was disgusting - the three other ladies in the room apparently said no Bulgarian would sleep on it. When I asked to pay for a private room I was told I couldn't move rooms as this was the only one with an oxygen line and when I was wheeled to the toilet (by another patient) I found there was only a hole in the floor for use by females. Guess what? The hospital is called the 'New Hospital', so heaven help those who have to use the old one!

#7
Nellieherself - 22 Sep 2010 // 20:20:32

sarkan

"Tokuda is quite a nice hospital and it was our first choice when the incident happened. Unfortunately it was night time and they said they cannot operate a child there at night time."

This translated from Bulgarian means that the doctor couldn't be bothered to wake up in the middle of the night to do the operation. Don't they have an emergency room that is open 24/7? Some hospital! If that's the best hospital in Sofia, without an emergency room, I hate to see the worst.

#6
sarkan - 22 Sep 2010 // 17:04:11

Venbon,

"try next time TOKUDA hospital, if you stay in Sofia. The level is very good."

Tokuda is quite a nice hospital and it was our first choice when the incident happened. Unfortunately it was night time and they said they cannot operate a child there at night time.

#5
venbon - 22 Sep 2010 // 10:28:36

Sarkan,

try next time TOKUDA hospital, if you stay in Sofia. The level is very good. You will have to pay, but everything is official i.e. you get an invoice. If you are an expat and get all these costs reinburst, do not bother with other hospitals.

#4
A.Nother - 22 Sep 2010 // 07:17:08

sarkan

"My son had an appendicitis operation here and they did not charge us any cost except than the special room occupancy: a ridiculous 100 Levas. Anywhere in the world, me or my insurance company would pay around 2.000? for this operation. I would rather pay the real cost and receive a good service; I mean people here pay very little for the health services but due to this exact reason, the treatment they get is far from the "best"

That's because pensioners on 100lv/month can't afford to pay anything. You were able to get the special room simply because no one else could afford that either. The fact that you did not pay for the operation, however, does not mean it was free. The health care service would have had to pay a healthy sum to the hospital for that operation, quite possibly in the region of 2000Eur, This is how a national health care service works. The operation would also have been free in the UK or Germany. The quality of service I expect would have been quite different.

#3
Nellieherself - 21 Sep 2010 // 19:54:43

sarkan

You get what you pay for, except in the US where medical care is ridiculously expensive and doctors are greedy swine.

#2
sarkan - 21 Sep 2010 // 19:34:22

Nellie,

My son had an appendicitis operation here and they did not charge us any cost except than the special room occupancy: a ridiculous 100 Levas. Anywhere in the world, me or my insurance company would pay around 2.000? for this operation. I would rather pay the real cost and receive a good service; I mean people here pay very little for the health services but due to this exact reason, the treatment they get is far from the "best".

#1
Nellieherself - 21 Sep 2010 // 19:12:14

Bail-out!!! That's all the idiot socialists know how to do. They should learn how to say NO, we can't afford it. Stop getting sick and going to the hospitals, stop eating like pigs, drinking, and smoking! They treat their bodies like an entertainment venue, then they whine and run to the doctor when they get sick. Morons!

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