Bulgaria - Protest against health system reforms - March 31, 2016

General practitioners, private and municipal hospitals began protests in a show of dissent against reforms to the country’s health care system due to take effect on 1 April. As part of the protest against the cabinet’s reforms, practitioners in the cities and towns of Veliko Turnovo, Kyustendil, Razgrad and Yambol went on strike. However, for patients in urgent need, there were doctors on duty at each medical facility. The medical practitioners are protesting against the framework contract by the Health Ministry and National Health Insurance Fund. The protest is also against a change to the system whereby access to services at hospitals, pharmacies and clinics will be possible only against fingerprint ID. Medical associations say that the changes will lead to problems in a system that remains under-financed, patients will not be able to choose where to be treated, and hospitals will be deprived of the opportunity to invest in innovation.

English: http://www.balkaneu.com/bulgarian-gps-hospitals-protest-health-system-reforms …  

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