The projected budget deficit of the state healthcare fund NZOK for 2017 is some BGN116.8m, NZOK chairman Glinka Komitov declared, quoted by local media. He added that the expected deficit has always been higher than the final number since he chaired the fund as of 2015. He accordingly believed that the deficit might not be higher than BGN30m for the full year. Reaching a lower deficit will depend on successful negotiation of discounts on medicines' prices, higher collection of healthcare contributions and transferring part of the debts for next year.
NZOK's budget allocations are slightly higher in 2017 than in the previous year, but it also covers more medical interventions and medical institutions, Komitov explained. Average monthly expenditure of hospitals is BGN137m so far in 2017, higher than the average BGN134m costs per month in 2016, he clarified.