Whether the transition of healthcare centres in the competence of the local self-government was a good solution is the issue that the state, the health system providers and independent experts will try to answer, it was announced on 20 November at the event “Public-Private Dialog for Sustainable Healthcare”. Indicators presented at the event show that considerable changes are necessary: the debt to wholesale pharmacies exceeds 10 billion dinars and increased by 250 million dinars per month, at least 15 healthcare institutions are blocked every day, and 40% of them operate at a loss. One important bit of information for providers presented at the event is that a reprogramming of debt is seriously considered. The Ministry is also announcing the introduction of an information system in all institutions during the coming six months, helping to, as stated, analyse the situation.
The basis for the discussion “Public-Private Dialog for Sustainable Healthcare” was a survey by the National Alliance for Local Economic Development NALED and the Serbian Chamber of Commerce, indicating that in Serbia, regarded in proportion to the size of the budget, 10 times less money is allocated for healthcare than in local self-governments in the EU, i.e. between 0.6% and 0.8% of the budget.
Written by: S.V., taken from www.euractiv.rs