Azerbaijan needs new financing sources for health care improvement

By: Aynur Jafarova

One of the most important steps in the process of improving the quality of health care in Azerbaijan is to find new financing sources, Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Chairman and Executive Secretary of the ruling New Azerbaijan Party Ali Ahmadov said at a seminar called “Reforms in the system of financing the health care in the region and challenges for Azerbaijan” held in Baku on October 23.

“We appreciate the application of compulsory health insurance in Azerbaijan as a means of accomplishing three tasks,” he said.

The first task is more efficient use of the state budget.

“If we are able to achieve this goal, then it will create additional opportunities for providing much more qualitative services in health care,” he added.

The second task is to find additional sources of funding for providing much more qualitative health care services.

“The government allocates funds for health care within its capabilities, and the development of the country is reflected in the increase of allocated funds. However, in the present circumstances it would be wrong to provide all expenses for the development of health care from the state funds. It would be fairly and rationally, if, along with the care of the state of health care, the populations take part of the expenses of their health themselves,” Ahmadov said.

The third task is to increase the quality of medical facilities and medical staff and to strengthen the internal motivation.

“It is necessary to create a single mechanism of stimulation to improve the quality of medical facilities and medical staff,” the deputy prime minister added.

Azerbaijan adopted a law on medical insurance in 1999.

According to the law, a compulsory form of health insurance is an integral part of the state social insurance and ensures the provision of the population with medicines and medical service. The experts believe the application of the compulsory health insurance will decrease the expenses of citizens to health services by approximately two times.

Currently, the insurance companies provide services for voluntary health insurance, even though it is one of the most unprofitable insurance types in the world.


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