Obligatory Medical Insurance to Cover Insignificant Levels of Service in Azerbaijan

Business Materials 9 April 2007 17:05 (UTC +04:00)

Azerbaijan, Baku / Trend , corr. U. Ismayilova/ Jamil Malikov, the Director General of Insurance Company, MBASK, has said that obligatory medical insurance in Azerbaijan will cover the insignificant levels of service. However spending resources will be restricted.

"Everything will be within the financial expenditures of the State's allocation," he said. On 30 March, Ogtay Shiraliyev, the Head of the Azerbaijani Health Ministry, claimed that he would submit proposals to introduce obligatory medical insurance in the Country to the Azerbaijani Government. Experts representing the World bank (WB) to reform the health care system and protect the country have also included issues connected with insurance.

A source in the Azerbaijani Government said that the value of the project may increase due to the expansion of the project and by the proposal put forward by the Azerbaijan's Health Ministry. The amount of credit may change too, from the previously expected $50 mln. to a possible $60 mln. "The obligatory medical insurance is expected to be introduced along with social insurance," he said.

According to Mr. Malikov, Azerbaijan passed the Bill "On Obligatory Medical Insurance" about 10 years ago. The initial reading of this bill envisaged the obligatory medical insurance to be equal to any other type of insurance. "However, due to the programme being unavailable on medical insurance, budget and medical means, as well as market insurance product, the bill did not take effect," he concluded.