How Many Health Ministers Does It Take to Screw In a Light Bulb?

Novinite Insider » EDITORIAL | Author: Nikola Petrov |March 12, 2012, Monday // 12:32| Views: | Comments: 0
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Bulgaria: How Many Health Ministers Does It Take to Screw In a Light Bulb?

Bulgaria's Prime Minister Boyko Borisov has expectedly threatened to sack the country's Health Minister Stefan Konstantinov due to what seems as his inability to cope with increased medication prices.

Health care is widely believed to be the Bulgarian government's weakest link (among other weak links), while Konstantinov himself is often described as the weakest cabinet member, so Borisov is more than likely to fire him.

For the image's sake that is. As was the case with the other two Health Ministers the PM already axed.

This is how Borisov most probably perceives the problem: every now and then, a scandal emerges in the health care system that threatens to damage the ruling party's precious approval rating. Uncomfortable stuff starts circulating the media, which calls for yet another reshuffle – the latest example being the medication prices scandal that includes the alleged monopoly of the Sopharma pharmaceutical company.

Bulgaria's PM seems to use Health Ministers as safety fuses that temporarily interrupt public tension by being fired once every few months. The process can be repeated an infinite number of times with no significant results whatsoever, since no one has the will to actually reform the system.

Borisov may set a Guiness record for the largest number of  Health Ministers appointed within a government's four-year term, but the country will be as far from having a working health care as it has been for many years now.

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