Doctors in Bulgaria to Stage Symbolic Protest over New Funding Model

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Doctors at a number of hospitals in Bulgaria will stage symbolic protests on their professional holiday, April 7 (World Health Day), over the new methodology of distribution of financing.

They have called on all of their colleagues to support the protest and express their discontent with the new methodology of distribution of financial resources among hospitals, stressing that, on the one hand, it reduces the amount of funding from last year’s, and, on the other hand, fixes he rate, according to Darik radio.

Medical care workers who plan to take part in the protest insist that these rules will lead to bankruptcies of a number of hospitals.

They claim that the methodology has been reversed, with the patient being forced to follow the money, instead of the money following the patient.

Doctors say that some hospitals have had their budget slashed by over 20% compared to last year’s.

Doctor Boyko Mirazchyiski, Director of a Burgas-based hospital, tells Darik radio that hospitals are already exchanging patients in a bid to cope with the funding caps on the different types of medical services.

He points out that some hospitals, mostly university hospitals, hit the funding cap on the 15th of each month, with teams of doctors starting to tour other hospitals to inquire about reserves and opportunities to refer patients there.

He says that this practice violates the rights of patients and constitutes discrimination.

Directors of hospitals where doctors will stage protests have said that the facilities will not stop work.

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