Cooperation between Estonian and Moldovan Health Insurance Funds to continue
A cooperation agreement aimed at a continuing support for the development of the Moldovan health insurance system through sharing the experiences of Estonia was entered into today between the Estonian and Moldovan Health Insurance Funds. The cooperation agreement was signed by the Moldovan Health Insurance Fund’s Chairman of the Management Board Mircea Buga and the Estonian Health Insurance Fund’s Chairman of the Management Board Tanel Ross. The cooperation agreement is a continuation of the project “Supporting the development of the Moldovan health insurance system” jointly initiated in 2011 by the Estonian and Moldovan Health Insurance Funds. The cooperation agreement is initially entered into for three years; the activities planned for this timeframe include the further and more detailed explanation of Estonian practices, training the key figures of the Moldovan Health Insurance Fund, and the resulting improvement of the functioning of their Health Insurance Fund and health system. “We highly value the cooperation between Estonians and Moldovans. As the project initiated in 2011 proved successful, we decided to continue our cooperation to achieve even better results,” says Chairman of the Management Board of the Health Insurance Fund Tanel Ross. “The previous project led to several positive developments in Moldova: we introduced a call centre analogous to that of the Estonian Health Insurance Fund; we altered our activity report to improve communication with medical institutions; we created the patient-oriented website “We can help you”, and slightly reorganised the work of the regional Health Insurance Fund departments,” says the Moldovan Health Insurance Fund’s Chairman of Management Board Mircea Buga. “However, we still have a lot to learn from Estonians and we want to advance ourselves further. In the coming years, the Moldovan Health Insurance Fund plans to follow Estonia’s lead in developing a system for performance management and procedures; implement an integrated information system; develop a case-by-case remuneration scheme; introduce a digital prescription system, etc.,” Buga adds. In the course of the previous cooperation project, the development of organisational strategy, compiling a development plan and creating a performance management system, price formation for health services, enetering into contracts with medical institutions, IT advancements, external cooperation with the EU and other issues were explained to the Moldovan Health Insurance Fund.