Bulgarian Health Committee Chair Blasts Minister's Inactivity

Business | March 9, 2012, Friday // 11:59
Bulgarian Health Committee Chair: Minister's Proposals Are Late: Bulgarian Health Committee Chair Blasts Minister's Inactivity Desislava Atanasova, chair of Bulgaria's Parliamentary Health Committee. Photo by BGNES

Bulgaria's Health Minister, Stefan Konstantinov, has worsened both the already difficult situation in the healthcare sector and the dialogue among key figures and institutions.

The statement was made by the Chair of the Parliamentary Health Committee, Desislava Atanasova, speaking Friday in an interview for Nova TV.

According to her, there are strong tensions between the National Health Insurance Fund, NZOK, the Bulgarian Doctors Union, and patients NGOs.

"Bulgarian legislation places the medication policy under the authority of the Health Ministry. We, the Members of the Parliament are open for dialogue, but the Health Minister as someone from the executive power must assume responsibilities and act," Atanasova said.

The MP stressed that the major part of the measures proposed by Konstantinov to lower medication prices is legislative, adding such amendments cannot be passed and become effective in one week, while the others have been on the table for a long time, but Konstantinov failed to implement them.

"His proposals are good, but came too late," Atanasova concluded.

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