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PostSubject: Bulgaria Doctors Plan Civil Protest over Hospital Budget Cuts   Mon Feb 08, 2010 5:17 pm

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Doctors from state and private hospitals will hold a civil protest, if the amount of funds delegated for medical institutions is not increased within 7 days, Dr. Stoycho Katsarov, the head of the ‘Center for Health Rights’, reported Monday.

Katsarov stated that in real terms the budgets for municipal hospitals have been cut by 60% by the center-right GERB government. He added that a petition with 127 000 signatures will be handed to the Council of Minister and Bulgaria PM Boyko Borisov pushing them to increase the funds for hospitals.

Last Monday, Borisov strongly backed his center-right GERB government’s health reforms after meeting with Bulgaria President Georgi Parvanov, even though he said they could never be 1005 perfect.

In November 2009 Bulgarian Doctors and patients cancelled their planned protest over the 2010 budget after a personal meeting between the Bulgarian Medical Association and Borisov.
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PostSubject: Bulgaria Doctors Plan Civil Protest over Hospital Budget Cuts   Mon Mar 08, 2010 9:59 am

[size=75:3rvp8vdg]novinite 8 March 2010

Bulgaria GPs Strike over Delayed Funds, Health Reforms

General Practitioners from Kyustendil, Dupnitsa and Razgrad have gone on strike Monday over unpaid funds and the Bulgarian government’s health reform plans.

GPs from Sofia, Plovdiv, Veliko Tarnovo and Shumen are set to join the strike on Tuesday, with reports that Varna GPs may also leave their doctor’s cabinets for the day.

Bulgaria's National Association of General Practitioners reported on Saturday that they are losing patience with constantly delayed funding and reforms threatened to go on strike.

The Association addressed an open letter to all Bulgarian institutions and citizens with health insurance, in which they state that "
the cup of patience is down to the last dregs"
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They firmly stated that they do not want to constantly appeal to someone to receive the necessary treatment for patients and remuneration for their work as doctors.

The GPs further claim that, for the fourth month in a row, their association has been waiting for answers to questions they have raised about delayed payments from the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) and revisions to the Ordinance on Prophylactics.

The consequence of these delays is that Bulgarians over 18 will be denied comprehensive and operating screening for socially significant diseases, the medics claim.

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PostSubject: Bulgaria Doctors Plan Civil Protest over Hospital Budget Cuts   Tue Mar 09, 2010 1:25 pm

[size=75:aeutytst]Sofia echo 9 March 2010

Family doctors in Sofia go on strike

Family doctors are on their second day of protests, with colleagues in Sofia, Pazardjik, Haskovo, Turgovishte, Yambol, Shoumen, Razgrad and Dobrich staging walkouts on March 9, Bulgarian media reported.

Patients in need of medical assistance can visit emergency wards instead. Those who decide to use the services of a GP during the strike will have to pay in cash, the report said.

Doctors say they have not been paid by the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) for January 2010, and demand to be compensated for price changes for medication in the last quarter of 2009.

Doctors in Kyustendil went on strike on March 8.

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boiko Borissov met Tsvetan Raichinov, head of the Bulgarian doctor's union on March 8, and according to media reports, it was agreed that by March 10 all the funds owed to doctors, dentists, clinics and hospitals will be paid.

However, the NHIF later released a statement saying that the money would be wired by the end of the week.

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