YEREVAN, November 1. / ARKA /. The draft government budget for 2014 has earmarked more than 80 billion drams for healthcare sector, by around 8 billion drams more than in 2013, health minister Derenik Dumanyan said today during a parliamentary discussion on next year’s budget.
According to him, about 3 billion drams will be allotted for medical services to vulnerable groups of population. He said part of added money is meant for raising the salaries of ministry’s staff.
The minister singled out a new program designed for early diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and cervix cancer. "It will be an unprecedented program, embracing half of the population", he added.
The government plans to collect next year 1. 134 trillion drams in revenue and spend 1.244 trillion drams. The projected deficit is 110 billion drams. The GDP is projected to grow by 5.2 % and the 12-month inflation rate is planned at 4 % (± 1.5%) ($1 – 405.3 drams). -0-