2009 DRAFT STATE BUDGET ENVISAGES 22% INCREASE OF ALLOCATIONS TO HEALTH SECTOR

Noyan Tapan
Oct 29, 2008

YEREVAN, OCTOBER 29, NOYAN TAPAN. The amount of state budgetary
allocations for the health sector in 2009 will grow by 22% as compared
with 2008 and make 66 bln drams againts 54.5 bln drams this year. The
RA minister of health Harutyun Kushkian told reporters on October
29 that this growth will allow to increase provision of free medical
services to the vulnerable groups of the population and to implement
more social programs.

75% of budgetary allocations for health or 49.1 bln drams will
be spent on financing about 40 health care programs implemented in
hospitals or polyclinics. 56% of the growth of allocations or 6.5 bln
drams will be used for financing the polyclinics, while 36% or 4.2
bln drams for financing the medical services in hospitals. In 2009,
per capita allocations will make 20,500 drams.

Primary medical aid will remain the priority in the health sector,
with a high growth rate of financing - about 35%. It is envisaged
increasing salaries of this link's medical personnel by about 20%,
which makes an additional sum of 2.4 bln drams. Salaries of district
doctors will increase from 77 thousand drams to 92 thousand drams,
those of highly specialized doctors - from 66 thousand to 73 thousand
drams. The salaries of doctors in charge of pre-natal care of pregnant
women will double and make 132 thousand drams.

Allocations to the emergency service will grow by nearly 1 bln drams,
which will allow to increase more than twofold the salaries of medical
personnel - to 92 thousand drams (about 300 dollars).

Allocations of 23.3 bln drams to the hospital link will enable to
increase the number of serviced cases by 7,800 cases as compared with
2008, as well as the daily cost of treatment of a patient by 15%
to 13 thousand drams. The salaries of hospital personnel will grow
by 30% and make 66 thousand drams for doctors and 52 thousand drams
for nurses. 64% of the growth of allocations to hospital medical
services or 2.7 bln drams will be spent on financing the mother and
child health care programs.