Wednesday, October 4 2017 17:57
Tatevik Shahunyan

Levon Altunyan: According to the new social packages, civil servants can receive much more medical services, for which, however, the state will pay much less

Levon Altunyan: According to the new social packages, civil servants can receive much more medical services, for which, however, the state will pay much less

ArmInfo. Social packages that are provided by the state to civil servants have been improved, now they can receive more medical services, for which, however, the state will pay much less. The Minister of Health Levon Altunyan informed the Armenian parliament on this from the rostrum.

He also said that the form of providing medical services within the framework of social packages was revised, it became more flexible and convenient for beneficiaries. "Now civil servants can receive medical services within the scope of social packages in those medical institutions that are preferable for them," the minister said.

By the order of the RA Minister of Health Levon Altunyan, a list of medical institutions in which the beneficiaries of social packages will be able to receive the service without prior registration was approved.  In order to effectively use financial resources and strengthen control over their flow, the provision of medical assistance will be provided through health insurance. At the same time, the issue of ensuring the quality of the provided medical services is completely settled. In particular, the provided package of insurance, types of insurance contracts, the procedure for cooperation with medical institutions, as well as the procedure for the distribution of beneficiaries between insurance companies are established. As a result, all beneficiaries will be able to receive the necessary medical assistance in any medical institution. Recall that on July 27 this year the RA Minister of Health Levon Altunyan told reporters that the pilot program for compulsory health insurance will be launched in September 2017. This program will be used by beneficiaries of social packages, the number of which at this stage is from 80 to 100 thousand people.  Within half a year the Ministry of Health will monitor the results of the program, after which it will include 612 thousand socially unsecured citizens. And only a year after monitoring and positive results, a law on compulsory health insurance will be implemented. In Armenia, there are programs of social packages, which are provided by civil servants, in particular, by the component of recreation. The state budget for social packages (with the exception of the medical service component) is 10 billion drams. The social package for 132 thousand drams a year is provided to civil servants and provides for several compulsory components - payment of health care expenses, covering interest on mortgages, payment of tuition at universities and rest in boarding houses in Armenia.

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