ARMENIA: further development of health insurance requires support from World Health Organization

The Head of the Armenian office of the World Health Organization (WHO), Egor ZAYTSEV announced that WHO will render technical assistance to Armenia in expansion of health insurance, as informed by ArmInfo.

According to Egor ZAYTSEV and the Health Minister of Armenia, Arsen TOROSYAN, it is necessary to develop measures against smoking, including prohibition on smoking in public places. Besides WHO is planning to assist in research of the burden of disease impact on the local GDP, as well as in development of a program on lowering of road traffic accident rate and introduction of compulsory insurance of tourists, - says ArmInfo.

Arsen TOROSYAN believes that full introduction of CHI in the country will take pretty long time due to covering of the most underserved people, at the same time it's important to improve the quality of medical services. Based on the information from the Ministry of Health during 2018 introduction of CHI should cover all population segments. However, it is still difficult to calculate loading costs for the budget in case of CHI full introduction.

From October 1, 2017 Armenia started phased introduction of CHI program which at the first stage covered only public officials.

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