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The NAC and the Ministry of Health, Labor and Social Protection have set their priorities for collaboration on the prevention and combating of corruption deeds in the medical system.21.08.2019 402 Views
The issue of "pocket payments" and informal payments for the provision of medical services in the Republic of Moldova, tricked and non-transparent public procurement of medicines as well as the actions to prevent corruption, including the training of trainers in the field of anticorruption were the most important topics discussed today, at the meeting between the NAC director , Ruslan Flocea and MHLSP Minister Ala Nemerenco.
According to Ruslan Flocea, the health system is a priority for the NAC. The eradication of the practices of collecting direct payments from the citizen`s pocket is one of the main objectives, which the NAC can assume in common with the MHLSP, given that the population is more and more dissatisfied with this illegal phenomenon.
The same opinion is shared also by the minister Ala Nemerenco who said that "Medical institutions have the obligation to be an example of integrity and transparency. Regrettably, World Health Organization data show that about 70% of health payments in the Republic of Moldova are "out of pocket" paid by citizens both officially and unofficially, although they benefit from insurance policies. Information and training of doctors on the anti-corruption and integrity segment is welcome, but this information should also cover the segment of the population who must be aware that the practice of unofficial medical payments is illegal, and under the existing system of compulsory medical insurance, citizens benefit from free medical services."
A topic of high interest discussed was the criminal case investigated by the NAC officers regarding the conduct of the tender and the public procurement for the purchase of insulin, more specifically the Strim biosimilar. In this context, both authorities will take the necessary measures in order to elucidate all the circumstances of this case and to detect tricky and non-transparent public procurement schemes in which officials from the medical system were involved.
Both parties have agreed to strengthen their institutional capacities, in order to train some trainers within the MHLSP who, in partnership with NAC specialists, can address issues related to integrity and anticorruption in the medical system. Therefore, the specialists of the ministry will establish an effective communication with the target groups, such as the doctors, the managers of the medical institutions and the patients, in an accessible way and accepted by all the involved parties. At the same time, the institutions will cooperate much more closely in terms of monitoring the correctness of the elaboration of the specifications and the procurement procedure