Basic package of mandatory medical insurance services to be renewed in Azerbaijan
Baku, Azerbaijan, July 26
By Anvar Mammadov – Trend:
Azerbaijan’s State Agency for Mandatory Health Insurance intends to renew the basic package of services, Vugar Gurbanov, head of the medical insurance department of the state agency, said in an interview with Trend.
“Over the past year and a half, the agency has analyzed the list of diseases that threaten life and lead to disability,” he said. “A basic package of mandatory medical services was formed on the basis of the received data.”
"But there are such medical services that are included in the state programs, for example, the treatment of cancer, diabetes, blood diseases, etc.,” Gurbanov said. “Certain funds are allocated from the state budget for these state programs, so for today we can not include them in the insurance coverage. After the completion of state programs, these diseases will also be included in the insurance coverage."
"Medicines for outpatient treatment are not covered by the basic package,” he said. “In the future, we want the basic package to cover medicines required to treat a number of diseases. There are some surgeries after which patients should constantly take certain medicines.”
The basic package of mandatory medical insurance in Azerbaijan includes more than 1,800 medical services, namely, check-up, treatment, diagnostic procedures, surgery and other services.
The State Agency for Mandatory Medical Insurance began to operate in Azerbaijan in February 2016. A pilot project on mandatory medical insurance, which currently covers the city of Mingachevir, as well as Yevlakh and Agdash districts, has been implemented in the country since the end of 2016.
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