Contact Information Sheet

Contact Information Sheet
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  • Geographical Area
  • Jurisdiction
  • Organisation
    Bulgarian Association of Health Professionals in Nursing (BAHPN)
  • Address

    Postal Address

    St. KAZBEK 62
    Sofia 1680

    Location Address

    St. KAZBEK 62
    Sofia 1680

  • Phone
    + 359-2-954 97 53 ;+ 359-2-915 69 16
  • Fax
    + 359-2-954 97 53
  • Email
  • Website
  • Contact Point
    Milka Vasileva
    President of BAHPN
  • Regulatory Body

    Nurses have to be registered in the National Professional Nursing Register, which is an obligation of the Bulgarian Association of health professionals in nursing ( BAHPN ), according the Bulgarian  health legislation.

    It is the Bulgarian’s  association of health professional in nursing obligation to organize, coordinate and register the CPD of the nurses and the other allied health professionals. Membership in BAHPN is obligatory in order to work in the health care system, no matter public or private.

    In 2007 it was stated in the European health commission, that the Ministry of Health is the competent authority for the regulation of the nurses' profession and the professional recognition of diplomas to comply with the Directive 36/2005. (accessed 18.08.2011)

  • Health System

    Before the structural reforms of the 1990s the organizational arrangement of health care, decision-making and funding were centralized. Health reforms in Bulgaria started at the beginning of 1990s and were aimed to make the Bulgarian health system more efficient and responsive to patients’ needs, by improving quality of service and delivery of care.

    The establishment of the National Health Insurance Fund and a basic benefits package defined the services covered by the public sector and earmarked the revenue collection for health care allowing for more sustainability of the health care budget. Health care is financed from compulsory and voluntary health insurance (VHI) contributions, taxes, and formal and informal cost-sharing. However, a financing system solely based on contributions failed to provide enough funding for the system. Approximately one million people opting out of universal coverage meant that there were fewer contributors than beneficiaries and this led to potential adverse effects on the balance of the National Health Insurance Fund.

    The restructuring of inpatient health care financing and provision was followed by the introduction of clinical pathways. This created better incentives for improving both quality and effectiveness of service provision. However, the actual cost of implementing clinical pathways for the hospital is higher than the price reimbursed by the National Health Insurance Fund, which causes financial instability in the inpatient sector.

    Privatization is another important feature of the Bulgarian health system. The Health Care Establishments Act outlined procedures for the privatization of both state and municipality medical establishments. Private practice was legalized in 1991 and has since expanded significantly, and in 1992 ownership of most health care facilities was devolved to locally elected municipalities.

    (updated 2007) (accessed on 11/07/2011)

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