YEREVAN, December 26. /ARKA/. Armenia’s Health Ministry intends to re-consider the salaries of medical workers and the medicaments turnover in 2013, Derenik Dumanyan, Minister of Health, said Wednesday summarizing the year.
“In the near future the employment contract will contain new regulations controlling medical services and clarifying the minimal salaries,” Dumanyan noted.
According to him, due to introducing new finance management models it will be possible to increase the salaries through fair distribution of bonuses.
“We may raise the salaries of polyclinic workers by 10%. We see appropriate resources here,” he said reiterating the salaries in this sector have not been increased for a long time.
He also highlighted the law “On medicaments” will be adopted ensuring high-quality and affordable medicaments for the population. Before adopting the law, it is necessary to improve medicament purchase mechanisms and roll out monitoring of prices and databases.
Dumanyan said in 2013 the process of regional hospitals modernization will continue. Particularly, the construction of a new regional medical center in Meghri will be launched. Hospitals of Alaverdi, Abovyan and Berd will be modernized, and a new multi-functional medical center will be built in Vanadzor.
The improvement of the medical services in Armenia’s regions are also of the main focus of the Ministry in 2013.
Free of charge treatment is also discussed, and soon the Minister will approve the scheme of free treatment and free medicaments for patients who have some particular diseases. —0-