Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sees 'No Need' to Update Health Budget

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria's Prime Minister Sees 'No Need' to Update Health Budget Bulgaria's Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski. Photo by BGNES

It is not necessary to boost healthcare expenditure for 2014, Bulgarian Prime Minister Plamen Oresharski said Wednesday.

Oresharski told the Bulgarian National Television he had looked at "numbers" and found the deficit at the National Health Insurance Fund (NZOK) for this year was the same as that for the previous one.

He stressed he was convinced "the fund could tackle this deficit on its own".

His comments came shortly after Health Minister Tanya Andreeva said changes to the NZOK's financial framework could be looked into as early as this week.

Representatives of the fund and also of the Bulgarian Medical Association have long called for a budget overhaul, saying the institution will only be able to allocate money to state hospitals until September.

It is currently running a BGN 330 M (EUR 165 M) deficit, with some reports arguing it could reach BGN 391 M by end-2014.

The Prime Minister, however, added Wednesday it was "very easy" to ask for money but "very difficult to answer" where the funding could come from, as "no other sector" was showing a surplus.

Oresharski nevertheless voiced his intentions to offer to Parliament "options" to raise money and amend gaps within the budget.

President Rosen Plevneliev earlier urged Bulgarian lawmakers to consider an update before dissolving on August 6, when an interim government is due to take over.

The caretaker cabinet will not have budgetary competences under the law, and Plevneliev expressed concerns that the next elected government could meet major fiscal difficulties in October.

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Tania Oz - 12 Jul 2014 // 03:26:48

Optimistic, how many GERB terms of office in government have there been since 1990?

Caliguy - 11 Jul 2014 // 18:47:50

Bulgaria as we knew it is gone, it will never recover.

John Doe - 11 Jul 2014 // 11:47:23

Whilst GERB was in power, some of our applications for EU funding came trough. While BCP was in power we got rewarded .... right = 0 !!! And the sad part is, BSP / DCP officials refused without any explanation and awarded funds to their cronies.
Also nowadays if you have to interact with government officials the just show you the finger, even if your case is just.
I don't like GERB for several reasons, but at least, the state almost worked under their tutelage.
In one year BCP and DCP created a huge, ugly mess, brought Bulgaria to a standstill and it will cost the country many years to recover.

Optimistic - 11 Jul 2014 // 08:31:03

Yes Tania during most of those 7 years GERB were in power so the mess was created by them.

Tania Oz - 11 Jul 2014 // 03:22:10

Don't worry about the "numbers" Oresharski, you should be looking at the incompetent people who have created this mess and all the other non-functioning and diabolical state of affairs in every sector in Bg.

With 7 years of EU handouts, things just go from bad to worse all round.

malak petko - 10 Jul 2014 // 16:02:23

No money they say..

but how.. The large international food chains have plenty of superstores in Bulgaria..
And they say they have NO profit and for this reason they are not paying taxes for the national budget..

That is true!!!!
at least 10 000 local stores were closed when these chains arrived in Bulgaria.

And any efforts to make them pay or to press them to purchase food from the local producers meet the resistance of Soros's network, and of our own president, who feel obliged to defend the interests of the large internationals.....(he received a lot of help from them).

They come here to make profit only sucking the resources of the local population at an incredible rate.

There is no state in Bulgaria.. and when Soros is united with the EU commission .......money for healthcare will not be found..... no chance.

So Bulgarians should be martyrs for the cause of the Open society, triumph of the liberal economy and absolute power of the Fourth Reich.

No money in the local economy!!!

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