YEREVAN, October 5. /ARKA/. Provincial medical facilities in Armenia are badly in want of medical personnel, particularly physicians and surgeons, Health Minister Derenik Dumanyan said Friday at a news conference.
“We need 259 doctors, and this is a deep concern for us” he said. “There are even provinces having only one specialist. In particular, Vayots Dzor province has only one anesthesiologist for Vayk and Yeghegnadzor.”
He also pointed out another problem – a wide gap between financing provided to Yerevan and provinces.
The minister said provinces receive 58% of the financing provided to outpatient centers, while stationary medical centers there receive only 30% of total financing.
“That is why medical centers in provinces are financed poorly, and very often provincial physicians themselves refer patients to the capital,” he said.
As a result, he said, despite the fact that almost all the provinces of Armenia have large properly-equipped health centers, people there have little confidence in local specialist and go to Yerevan for medical services. -0--