ArmInfo. Preparations for universal medical insurance are under way in Armenia.
Armenia's Minister of Health Anahit Avetisyan said that introducing compulsory medical insurance is an important part of the government healthcare programme and of healthcare reforms. The health insurance system is required to ensure high-quality medical services to all citizens, regardless of their social status or financial standing. Institutional reforms must be implemented regardless of challenges. The concept has been drafted for two years to elaborate the best model. The international assessment systems of financing and monitoring of economic efficiency of programmes prove that Armenia's healthcare system is effective in conformity with financial indicators. However, the financing mechanisms in effect do not allow low-income sections of Armenia's population to apply for medical aid on time.
The concept provides for a combined medical insurance system in effect in many countries, which ensures financial security and availability.
Phased introduction of medical insurance is the best option. The work will start this year. Next year, the beneficiary groups eligible government-sponsored medical services will be clearly determined.
In 2025, beneficiary groups will include pensioners. The system will start operating in full in 2027.
Minister Avetisyan also reported that at least 50 medical institutions will be constructed, renovated and provided with cutting-edge equipment by 2026. Thirteen medical centers are under constriction now, with design work for 20 outpatient clinics in progress. All the projects are funded from the state budget, with private businesses actively involved.
Armenia's Vice-Premier Tigran Khachatryan highlighted importance of the programme. The government plans to increase financing of Armenia's healthcare system, he added.