ArmInfo. In 2020, in terms of healthcare, it is planned to allocate 109 billion drams from the budget in Armenia, which is 1.5% of GDP (89.6 billion drams were allocated in 2019). Taking into account the fact that in the summer of this year the Government allocated an additional 12 billion drams to the Ministry of Health, next year expenses for the health sector will grow by 7.3%. This was announced on November 1 by the Minister of Health of the Republic of Armenia Arsen Torosyan at the budget hearings in the parliament.
Budgetary funds will be allocated, in particular, to primary health care, maternal and child health care, medical care for socially disadvantaged groups, the prevention of infectious diseases, and so on. So, 27.1 billion drams will be allocated for primary health care. The Minister informed that next year a pilot program for screening colorectal cancer among people aged 50-75 years will be implemented in two medical centers of the country. 5.7 billion drams will be used to protect public health, which is 26.2% more than this year. In particular, it is planned to switch from a pentavalent vaccine to a hexavalent one. 18.7% of the allocated funds, or AMD 20.4 billion, will be allocated to the program for protecting the health of mothers and children (27.4% more than in 2019). Torosyan said that for the first time it is planned to expand the list of screening studies for pregnant women from the high-risk group. In addition, funds will be used to expand the program approved this year to provide certain population groups with the latest reproductive technologies for the treatment of infertility.
27.1 billion drams will be allocated for medical services for socially disadvantaged segments of the population and citizens included in certain groups, which is 47% higher than the figures for the current year. In particular, 100 million drams will be allocated for kidney transplantation for people suffering from chronic renal failure, and another 100 million drams - for bone marrow transplantation for people with blood diseases.
13.7 billion drams will be allocated for the fight against noncommunicable diseases (growth compared to 2019 amounted to 34.4%), 2.7 billion drams for the prevention of infectious diseases (growth - 6%), 4.3 billion drams for ambulance services ( growth amounted to 1 billion drams), 3.3 billion drams - for the drug supply program (growth - 22.8%). Torosyan informed that next year it is planned to introduce a program to provide drugs for people with hepatitis C. With the assistance of the World Bank, medical centers will be built in Vayots Dzor and Gegharkunik, as well as the technical equipment of existing new medical centers. In addition, the WB and the Eurasian Fund for Stabilization and Development will support a screening program for cervical cancer, diabetes, and hypertension. Torosyan said that a program for screening for breast cancer will be implemented in Lori, Tavush and Syunik.