Insurers Believe Introduction of Free Medical Services Does Not Affect Business in Azerbaijan

Business Materials 4 February 2008 18:56 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku, 4 February / Trend corr. U.Ismailova / The introduction of free medical service in state medical centres, financed by the state budget, will not affect the functioning of voluntary medical insurance, Mehman Aliyev, the General Director of Gunay Anadolu Sigorta insurance company, stated.

Insurance companies are signing agreements with private paid clinics as the public considers that paid clinics provide better service than the State medical centres.

Aftandil Hajiyev, the deputy manager of State commerce Azersigorta insurance company, believes that no drastic changes will be introduced due to the free medical service which will take place from 1 February.

The notion that the new system does not affect the voluntary medical insurance was supported by Shukur Huseynov, deputy chairman of the Azergarant insurance company. Instead of insurance companies signing agreements with State medical centres on joint operations to provide medical services, they sign agrements with private clinics due to the quality of rendered services.

Jamil Malikov, chairman of MBASK insurance company, considers that the introduction of free medical insurance will become an incentive for the development of medical insurance in the country.

The average cost for yearly medical insurance is from AZN 150 to 400. Medical VIP insurance comprises AZN 800.