Lithuania will assist Azerbaijan improve the compulsory
healthcare insurance (CHI) system, Vice Minister of Health of the
Republic of Lithuania Aušra Bilotienė Motiejūnienė, paying a visit
to Azerbaijan, said in an exclusive interview with Trend .
“The major purpose of the visit is to identify healthcare
cooperation areas and explore ways to help each other in the
mentioned sector. During the business trip, we have met with
Azerbaijani Minister of Health of Azerbaijan Teymur Musayev, Rector
of the Azerbaijan Medical University Garay Garaybeyli, and talked
about the application of the Erasmus student exchange program,” she
As the vice minister noted, the meeting addressed collaboration
issues in specific healthcare areas.
“There are two medical universities in Lithuania that offer
English programs for international students. During the meeting, we
discussed student exchange issues and defined the interaction
frames for the development of rehabilitation and public health
sectors. In addition, the ministry reviewed cooperation issues with
individual clusters. Lithuanian representatives also viewed the
activities of the Azerbaijani Management Union of Medical
Territorial Units (TABIB),” said Aušra Bilotienė Motiejūnienė.
Director of the National Health Insurance Fund under the
Lithuanian Ministry of Health Gintaras Kacevičius detailed the
joint CHI project, implemented by Lithuania and Azerbaijan.
“Three months ago, we launched a twinning project with the joint
support of the National Health Insurance Fund of Lithuania and the
State Agency for Compulsory Health Insurance of Azerbaijan. The
two-year project is aimed to improve the country's CHI system. As a
result, Azerbaijani healthcare specialists' visits to Lithuania
will be organized in two stages, where they will have a chance to
undergo training. This is the second joint healthcare project of
the two countries, while the first project was successfully
completed in 2018. Compulsory health insurance is rapidly
developing in Azerbaijan, and we would like to make our
contribution to this process as well,” he stated.
According to Kacevičius, the compulsory healthcare insurance of
Azerbaijan is currently being assessed and the relevant report
based on the results will be provided soon.
“We will plan further steps following the analysis' outcome. The
project covers the development of the legal framework in the CHI
sector, the development of ties between the State Agency for
Compulsory Health Insurance and healthcare providers, the
improvement of reporting, the upgrade of payment system for medical
care, the information system advancement. This is an extensive
project, which will be worked on by a group of 25 experts from the
EU, including Estonia, Italy, France,” he added.
Kacevičius outlined the existence of great prospects for
cooperation in the field of rehabilitation.
“Lithuania has a long tradition in the rehabilitation field.
After the healthcare system's reformation, rehabilitation was also
included in the package, compensated by compulsory health
insurance. The mentioned area has undergone several important
changes. So, we replaced sanatorium treatment with rehabilitation,
ensured the development of outpatient rehabilitation,” he said.
Kacevičius expressed admiration for the healthcare system of
“The employees are fully aware of their responsibility and are
eager to enhance the system of compulsory health insurance. Having
such partners are very motivating for us. The future of
Azerbaijan's healthcare is in good hands,” he emphasized.
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