Bulgaria’s Health Minister Revokes License of Private Hospital

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Bulgaria: Bulgaria’s Health Minister Revokes License of Private Hospital Bulgaria's Health Minister, Petar Moskov, photo by BGNES

Bulgaria’s Health Minister Petar Moskov has revoked the license of a private hospital, Surgery Hospital „Papurov” in Targovishte.

Moskov, as cited by Sega daily, made clear that the license had been revoked because the hospital resorted to fraud schemes to drain the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF).

He also accused the hospital of registering fictitious patients and illnesses.

Moskov noted that this was the first time that a health care institution had its license revoked in Bulgaria.

He announced that an investigation in 2007, which had lasted 9 months, had uncovered that the healthcare facility had drained BGN 200 000 from the NHIF budget over the same period.

Moskov told journalists that the violations carried out by the hospital had been conclusively confirmed with a decision of the Supreme Court of Cassation (VKS) from July 27, 2015.

Bulgaria’s Health Minister said that the executives of the hospital had been issued a 3-year suspended sentence by VKS, the court of final appeal.

He explained that the probe at the hospital had been launched in 2007 on tip-offs of patients and the NHIF.

Moskov assured that any hospital which violated patients’ rights or drained money from the NHIF would have its license revoked or have its contract with the NHIF terminated.

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Putin - 20 Aug 2015 // 15:29:30

This practice is standard in most hospitals working with the NHIF - charging the state for treatments never performed. Nice to see something being done - but now let's see them go after the well connected hospitals in Sofia

edc - 8 Aug 2015 // 13:13:33

Will the minister also revoke licenses to all places who have public access and fail to provide adequate ramps at sensible levels for wheel chair users ,some ramps presently around Bulgaria where never put in place for wheel chair use but the owners of building and swimming pools etc believe the ramps they have will do when they are totally inadequate by the steep slope and the width to allow safe use .
An accident could be a very costly affair in an EU court.

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