ArmInfo. Armenian Healthcare Minister Levon Altunyan discussed with the health experts of the World Bank the implementation of joint programs.
According to the press service of Healthcare Ministry, head of the group, health economist Ana Holt and Altunyan stressed the importance of continuing the programs on cardiac hypertension, diabetes and PAP screening tests, launched in 2015.
Referring to the modernized hematology center, co-financed by the World Bank and the Armenian government, Holt noted that the center provided with the most modern equipment and highly qualified specialists can claim the role of an important regional player.
Altunyan informed that in order to realize the huge possibility of exporting medical services to the Hematology Center, the Ministry directed last year to develop a business plan involving the state. It was noted that the already submitted three-year ambitious plan is realistic. In it, bone marrow transplantation is considered as a separate business plan, which cannot interfere with the natural functioning of the center. Representatives of the World Bank welcomed this approach. In the development of medical tourism, the sides mutually stressed the importance of involving the potential of the Diaspora and doctors from the Diaspora. The WB representatives also got acquainted with new financing approaches, in particular, the attempts of the state to purchase medical insurance packages for certain groups in Armenia. This program was also approved by partners from the World Bank. Moreover, representatives of the WB noted that, if successful, the unique model could become one of the best examples of successful experience.