YEREVAN, October 5. /ARKA/. Armenia’s health ministry intends to raise medical personnel salaries through optimization of healthcare system, Health Minister Derenik Dumanyan said Friday at a news conference.
“Now some 14,000 doctors and 18,000 nurses are working in our system,” he said. “I think the main problem there is personnel’s salaries.”
The minister said that some physicians earn AMD 60,000 to 70,000 every moth, and nurses’ monthly salaries range between AMD 30,000 and 40,000.
That is why provincial medical personnel are in dire straits.
Dumanyan said it is necessary to carry out optimization of the country’s healthcare system to use premises of some medical centers more effectively.
Explaining this, he said that some medical establishments occupy enormous spaces for servicing less than a dozen patients, and this leads to additional expenses.
The ministry, he said, has already discussed the matter with provincial authorities and intends to embark on the optimization in the beginning of the next year.
“The saved money will be targeted for increasing medical personnel’s salaries,” Dumanyan said. -0-