The Management Board of the Health Insurance Fund Approved the Budget for 2012
Today, on December 29, the Management Board of the Health Insurance Fund approved the budget for 2012 and the development plan for 2012−2015. Some of the more significant changes include abolishing the coefficient for the prices of health care services that was temporarily established in autumn 2009; increasing the funding for family physicians; significantly improving the care and treatment possibilities for diabetes; and adding several new evidence-based healthcare services.Compared to the budget for 2011, the next year’s budget of the Health Insurance Fund has been increased by 8%. In the 2012 budget, the planned expenses amount to 787 million euros and the revenues to 781 million euros. To cover the expenses, retained profits are going to be used in the amount of 6.6 million euros. About 563 million euros of the health insurance budget will be used to cover health services, which constitutes 71% of the expenses. The sum planned for general medical help is over 71 million euros, for specialized medical care 448 million euros, and for nursing care 17 million euros. Hannes Danilov, the Chairman of the Management Board of the Health Insurance Fund, is very pleased with the abolishment of the coefficient for health service prices. “I am glad that we were able to restore the prices of health services to the level before the financial crisis. The future looks promising,” he commented. Thirty new services have been added to the health services list that comes into effect on January 1. Significant changes have been made in the medical equipment list that comes into effect in the beginning of next year; this should improve the availability of medical equipment for diabetics and raise the quality of treatment for diabetes. The selection of other types of medical equipment will also be wider. Improvements to the funding of family physicians prepared in cooperation with the Society of Family Doctors will help the general medical care system to operate better. The differentiation of capitation fees paid to family physicians will increase by age groups; also, money stock and the distance fee aimed at family physicians working in rural areas will increase. The volume of the research fund will increase by 2%, and the third level of the research fund will be added for those who have achieved good results in the quality system.