The Minister of Healthcare Meets with Disabled People to talk Policies

Today, the Minister of Healthcare of Bulgaria - Kiril Ananiev met with various representatives of organizations for disabled people. He believes that during the meeting both sides have made a big step towards agreeing on the basic axioms of the law that Ananiev's Ministry withdrew just three days ago.

The major disagreement is the way patients with multiple serious illnesses are being treated and evaluated by the Regional expert medical committees. The law changes that the Ministry of Healthcare tried to pass were going to categorize disabilities and give people their degree of working incapability according to their category of disability, disregarding the possible additional problems and individual might have. 

Ananiev was grateful to all who participated, offered their analysis and suggestions for improvements. This is the first of many meetings to come and it was attended by the Deputy Prime Minister of the country - Valeri Simeonov. Although the Ministry withdrew its proposal to change the Medical Expertise Act on April 10th, many people with disabilities protested the controversial text on the next day. 

Despite the disagreement and the moral ambiguity of the issue, the Ministry of Education said it is going to be meeting with members of the various organizations to try and reach an agreement on the key text concerning medical evaluation and evaluation of the degree of work incapability. This means that the government is actively going to try and propagate opinions and ideas to which the general public and more importantly - the stakeholders - oppose. Since today's meeting was the first of many to come, we can only wait for further development. 

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Vasil Manev

Vasil Manev is a student in Computer Science and an aspiring columnist, studying in Heidelberg, Germany.

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