AZERBAIJAN: List of diseases and medical procedures covered by the compulsory medical insurance system submitted to the Goverment

22 September 2016 — Daniela GHETU
Azerbaijan is taking steps ahead towards the compulsory medical insurance system's implementation. The draft list concerning the diseases and medical services covered by the mandatory health insurance package has been submitted to Azerbaijan's Cabinet of Ministers, Zaur ALIYEV, director of the country's State Agency for Compulsory Health Insurance has stated on September 20th, reports APA.

According to ALIYEV, the basic package includes more than 1800 medical services, including surgery and some laboratory examinations, MRI, CT, X-ray examinations. "Most of therapeutic treatments will be covered by compulsory health insurance," he added.  

"Our researches revealed that most of the citizens suffer from cardiovascular disease that requires more funds. Therefore, brain aneurysm, peripheral vascular surgery, esophageal surgery, closed and open-heart surgery will be also covered by insurance. There are state programs on a number of diseases - cancer, chronic kidney failure, examination and treatment of patients with diabetes. Thus, treatment of these diseases was not included in compulsory health insurance package. We are planning to provide insurance for these diseases in the future," ALIYEV said, quoted by APA. 

ALIYEV had also said, on a previous occasion, that "there are ongoing efforts to raise awareness among people and medical staff about compulsory health insurance, facilitating the use of new funding system." He added that places where pilot project will be applied were determined, relevant investigations conducted, necessary statistical data analyzed and information given about the analysis of financial resources, and works carried out to establish ICT infrastructure. 

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