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Will Private Hospitals Revert to State Ownership?

Published: September 27, 2013 | 8:36 pm
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Will private hospitals revert to State ownership? The Health Minister Davit Sergeenko has spoken about the problems faced by the hospitals that were sold off by the previous government, and has stated that the present administration has already begun studying the terms of the privatisation of medical institutions. According to the minister, nearly all the hospitals in the country have been privatised, and the vast majority of them are currently facing problems with regards to infrastructure and the payment of salaries. Some of the units were sold several times under the previous government, which makes it more difficult to solve the problems, Mr. Sergeenko has added.
The Chairman of the Doctors’ Union Joni Janashia has told TV3 that the terms of the privatisation of the hospitals have to be reviewed, and the most significant establishments ought
to be brought back into the State ownership. According to him, the existing problems in the medical sector should be resolved by diminishing the role of private investors. Mr. Janashia has also raised the issue of the insurance companies’ debts towards the hospitals.
Both the Health Ministry and the Ministry of the Economy are currently studying the hospital sales agreements. According to a statement from the Ministry of the Economy, further details regarding the case will only be released upon the completion of the investigation.

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